[bestbits] Global Congress: Internet & Trade Track

Burcu Kilic bkilic at citizen.org
Thu May 24 15:47:55 EDT 2018

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce the fifth convening of the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest<nfojustice.org/globalcongress2018>. The Congress will take place the week of September 24, 2018 in Washington DC.

The Global Congress is the main convening of a global network of over 800 researchers, activists, and practitioners who work on the intersection of intellectual property, information technology and promotion of the public interest. The Congress is co-hosted by The American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) with the core goal to promote evidence-based policy-making by fostering partnerships between academics and policy advocates from around the world.

The Congress will spread over six days, beginning with focused capacity building workshops for global activists and building up to a large public international conference with plenary sessions webcast to the world.

This year, Public Citizen is co-chairing a track on Internet and Trade. The track will focus on digital trade provisions in trade agreements and their impact on digital rights and freedoms.  It will bring together Internet and trade communities for a dialogue, capacity building, peer-learning and collaboration.

We would like to solicit your interest for presentations, papers, seminars, or panel ideas for the Internet and Trade Track. We welcome the use of the Congress to organize panels and workshops.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please do so via https://form.jotform.com/pijip/2018GCIPApp2PResent

The due date for the proposals is June 5.

Some of the topics of interest for the Internet and Trade Track include:

-              The WTO e-commerce discussions;
-              Plurilateral talks on e-commerce
-              The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
-              Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
-              North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
-              Data flows, data protection and privacy
-              WTO General exception, privacy exception
-              General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
-              Consumer agenda in trade negotiations
-              Big tech, big data and big agreements
-              Privacy and data protection reforms
-              Data localization and social, economic and political implications
-              Artificial Intelligence
-              Algorithmic transparency
-              Source code and disclosure
-              Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions

There are limited funds to support travel assistance to the Global Congress, some of which are earmarked for this track. In an effort to support the broadest possible participation, we are asking that home institutions support part or all of the cost of attendance if possible. If your institution can cover your full cost of attendance, we will be happy to list them as a sponsor of the Congress. If you need travel support to attend the Congress, please fill out the application form (by June 1if possible) at:

Global Congress Scholarship Application https://form.jotform.com/pijip/GC2018ScholarshipApp

For further inquiry, topic ideas for the Internet and Trade Track, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out at ourdigitalrights at citizen.org<mailto:ourdigitalrights at citizen.org>

Burcu Kilic, Ph.D.
Legal & Policy Director
Access to Medicines, Innovation and Information
Public Citizen | Protecting Health, Safety and Democracy
TEL: +1 202-588-7792
1600 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
URL: http://www.citizen.org/access
Twitter: @burcuno

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