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Protecting freedom of expression and privacy on the internet

Protecting freedom of expression and privacy on the internet

Together with the Rafto Foundation, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is hosting the seminar "Protecting freedom of expression and privacy on the internet: What should be the response of the human rights community to the new wave of internet control in Russia and in other countries?"

Time: Tuesday, 4 November, 08:15–10:00
Venue:
Amnesty International Norway, Grensen 3, Oslo, 3rd floor
Breakfast will be served.
Registration:
indicate your attendance by e-mail to: nielsen@nhc.no

The seminar will present facts and viewpoints on current challenges to the right to privacy and freedom of expression on the internet. To what extent do human rights protect privacy on the internet? Under what conditions are extensive surveillance justified by a States’ obligations to prevent terrorism and other serious crimes? How can the human rights community fight effectively against illegal surveillance and restrictions of freedom of expression on the internet by security organizations?

These and related questions will be discussed during the seminar. Prominent Russian human rights lawyers and Rafto Prize 2014 Laureate Pavel Chikov and Damir Gajnutdinov will discuss disclosures of Western surveillance of the internet and telecommunications by Edward Snowden and others. The seminar will also present ongoing efforts by Russian authorities to control the internet and restrict blogs and news portals that present sensitive or alternative information. Jon Wessel-Aas, a Norwegian lawyer and member of the board of the International Commission of Jurists Norway will comment on how states can respect and protect human rights while safeguarding national security.

Program:

08:15 Registration and coffee, tea, sandwiches

08:30 Welcome, Iver Ørstavik, Senior Advisor, Rafto Foundation

08:40 The Snowden Case: An Idealist Dove Caught by Russian Hawks, Pavel Chikov, Chair, Agora Human Rights Association

08:55 Russia Leading the Global Internet Counter-Revolution, Damir Gainutdinov, Lawyer,

Agora Human Rights Association

09:10 How can states respect and protect both human rights and national security?

Jon Wessel-Aas, lawyer and member of the Board of the International Commission of Jurists Norway

09:25 Q&A moderated by Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal, Deputy Secretary General, Norwegian

Helsinki Committee

10:00 End