Welcome to the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015!

On January 24-25 we’ll be bringing together the most innovative and inspiring digital activist and citizen media communities from the many corners of the globe to explore the connections between the open Internet, freedom of expression and online civic movements around the world.

See the draft Summit program below, and stay tuned as we refine the schedule and locations.

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Sunday, January 25 • 09:30 - 10:30
Magna Cartas: A World Tour

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Internet users the world over are facing an increasingly complex landscape of laws intended to protect everything from national security to intellectual property online -- many of which fall under the expansive category of “cybercrime.” While most governments are investing in legislation that limits online activities, a few outliers have sought an alternative approach -- rather than simply restricting or condemning online behaviors that they think are wrong, they have developed civil law defining and protecting the rights of Internet users. From Brazil’s landmark Marco Civil efforts to the Philippine Magna Carta, we are beginning to see a trend in positive law-making for the Internet. Should all governments set out to build their own Magna Cartas for the Internet? What benefits or pitfalls could this bring?

Moderated by Advox editor Ellery Roberts Biddle, this panel will feature Joana Varon and Mong Palatino, both of whom helped draft positive Internet laws in their countries, along with other leading Internet policy experts.

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Ellery Roberts Biddle

Advox Editor, Global Voices
I am the editor of Global Voices Advocacy, where I have the unique pleasure of working with our network of bloggers and advocates dedicated to reporting on threats to online speech, sharing tactics for defending the digital work and words of citizens, and supporting efforts to strengthen... Read More →

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Renata Avila

Senior Digital Rights Advisor, World Wide Web Foundation - Public Citizen Consultant
Renata Avila, (Guatemalan), is an international Human Rights lawyer, specialising in the next wave of technological challenges to preserve and advance our rights, and better understand the politics of data and their implications on trade, democracy and society. She is a 2020 Stanford... Read More →
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Mong Palatino

Southeast Asia Editor, Global Voices
southeast asia editor of global voices. activist and former legislator
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Joana Varon

Founder Director, Coding Rights
Brazilian researcher and digital rights advocate. Founder Director of Coding Rights, where she works as creative chaos catalyst, developing research and advocacy strategies for digital rights, particularly focused on privacy and freedom of expression. Consultant of Consumers International... Read More →

Sunday January 25, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 PST

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