Geneva, Switzerland

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The Permanent Missions of Sweden, Austria, Germany, and Brazil to the United Nations Office in Geneva, together with Article 19, Association for Progressive Communications, Privacy International, and Access Now will organise an event on 'Digital access, shutdowns, and surveillancePrivate actors and respect for free expression' on 14 June, in Geneva, Switzerland. The discussion will be held as a side-event at the 35th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and will take place at the Palais des Nations.

The event will feature David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Expression and Opinion, and a panel of experts from global civil society and the technology sector, in a discussion aimed at defining modalities for ending Internet shutdowns.

Key questions to be explored include:

  • Who gets hurt when governments shut down the Internet?
  • What responsibilities do private actors have to resist government censorship and surveillance, and ensure a free and open Internet?
  • What more must the Human Rights Council do before it can be regarded as a champion of digital rights?

For more details, visit the event webpage.