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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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Saturday, January 24
 

08:00

Registration
Saturday January 24, 2015 08:00 - 08:45
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Rotunda

09:00

Welcome and opening remarks
Moderators
TA

Tina Amper

Founder, TechTalks.PH
avatar for Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

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

Saturday January 24, 2015 09:00 - 09:30
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

09:30

Protecting the Open Internet is Everybody's Business

From Azerbaijan to Zambia, political leaders of near every persuasion see technology in the hands of citizens as a potential threat to their power and stability. Every day, a combination of government policies and corporate practice imperil Internet users’ rights of free expression and privacy -- rights that are enshrined by many constitutions, but also by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Can Guy Fawkes masks and Internet blackout campaigns really save us, or are we destined for a splintered, global network of national Internets? How do we reconcile the global “open Internet” ideal with this stark reality?


Moderators
avatar for Lokman Tsui

Lokman Tsui

Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lokman Tsui is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His current research interest is in free expression and internet policy. Before Lokman joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was the Head of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Al Alegre

Al Alegre

Executive Director, Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
For more than 18 years Al Alegre has been involved in the framing of ICT policy and internet governance discourse within a strong public interest perspective in Philippine, Asian, and global arenas. As long-time Executive Director of the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), Al... Read More →
avatar for Nani Jansen

Nani Jansen

Legal Director, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Nani Jansen is the Legal Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Since... Read More →
avatar for Chiranuch Premchaiporn

Chiranuch Premchaiporn

Executive Director, Prachatai
Chiranuch is a renowned free speech advocate and the co-founder of the Thai online news site Prachatai (“Thai people”). She is also a founding member of Thai Netizen Network (TNN), a group of media activists, internet users, bloggers and IT academics who monitor violations of... Read More →


Saturday January 24, 2015 09:30 - 10:30
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

10:30

10:45

Rising Voices Spotlight: Kyrgyzstan
Speakers
D

Dariya

Girls Activists of Kyrgyzstan


Saturday January 24, 2015 10:45 - 11:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

11:00

What's happening in Filipino Citizen Media

A Facebook event was crucial in mobilizing 300,000 people in the streets of Manila against corruption.  Social media helped organize opposition to the anti-cybercrime law in 2012, and citizen media activists were integral  to coordinating  disaster relief and response in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

In this  panel Filipino netizens will tell us how they’ve been  using online tools to promote good governance and transparency in their society.

We’ll also discuss some of the barriers they face - cost and quality of Internet connection, online regulations, and their privacy concerns.

Moderators
avatar for Tina Pamintuan

Tina Pamintuan

Director of Radio, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
I've worked in US public media for over fifteen years and am currently the director of radio at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. I'm also the editor of the Asian American Writers' Workshop's Open City Magazine, which covers NYC immigrant neighborhoods... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nini Cabaero

Nini Cabaero

Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex) editor-in-chief, Sun.Star Publishing Inc.
Maria Lourdes “Nini” Cabaero is a pioneer of new media in Philippine community journalism. She is editor-in-chief of the Sun.Star Network Exchange, new media department of the Cebu-based Sun.Star Publishing Inc. Her office runs www.sunstar.com.ph and other digital journalism... Read More →
avatar for Fleire Castro

Fleire Castro

CEO/Founder, Third Team Media
CEO/Founder of Third Team Media, a startup social media and digital agency. | Digital marketing consultant. | Digital activist. | Alumna of the US Embassy - Manila. | Fan of cheese, gaming, MTG, Reddit, and the internet.
avatar for Tonyo Cruz

Tonyo Cruz

Blogger, tonyocruz.com
Tonyo Cruz wears many hats: blogger, advocate, digital strategist and newspaper columnist. Tonyo blogs about politics and technology at tonyocruz.com, the best news and media blog in the Philippine Blog Awards 2008. He is also actively involved in many communities and causes: Among... Read More →
avatar for Ruben Licera Jr.

Ruben Licera Jr.

Managing Director, RLCOMM International
Chief Internet Marketing Strategist for RLCOMM International (http://rlcomm.org) a boutique internet marketing service provider serving small and medium sized businesses in US, UK and Australia. | | Chief Blogger of iNewMedia (http://www.iNewMedia.org) -- an online media platform... Read More →


Saturday January 24, 2015 11:00 - 12:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

12:00

How to Make Freedom of Information Laws Work (for Everyone)

Governments from Hungary to Mexico to the Philippines have passed laws enshrining the right of access to information. How are journalists, bloggers, and human rights advocates using FOI and RTI laws to shine light on information about government activities? What impediments do they face in trying to do this?

 This session will feature community experts speaking on their first-hand experience using these policies to bring greater transparency and accountability to the law-making environments in their home countries.


Moderators
avatar for Ellery Roberts Biddle

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 →

Speakers
avatar for marietta le

marietta le

Marietta Le, journalist at Atlatszo.hu Breaking Borders Award-winner Hungarian investigative journalism website. She has been an author and translator for Global Voices Online since 2009. Since 2012 she has been running Jarokelo.hu, a website that helps citizens send complaints from their neighbourhood to local municipalities in Hungary... Read More →
avatar for Malou Mangahas

Malou Mangahas

Executive Director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
MALOU MANGAHAS is executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, a pioneering nonprofit launched in 1989. She is a veteran of Philippine journalism, served as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and has worked for various newspapers and news agencies... Read More →
avatar for Tadeo RC

Tadeo RC

Author, Global Voices
Tadeo is an independent blogger based in Mexico. He blogs about justice and transparency but is also a regular columnist in Mexican Times. He joined Global Voices in early 2011. He is an attorney by training and has worked in labour and criminal litigation for law firms and global... Read More →


Saturday January 24, 2015 12:00 - 13:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

12:00

People Rising: How Protesters Took on Their Governments in 2014

Venezuelan activists soaked masks in vinegar to protect themselves from teargas. Activists in Hong Kong guarded themselves with umbrellas as their police sprayed them with water cannons. Euromaidan’s activists documented abuse while they were violently evicted from Kyiv’s central square. And Mexico's protesters told their government they had enough of organized crime cartels and the corrupt government officials who protect them, after 43 students went missing in Ayotzinapa. 

In this panel we’ll be talking about these defining moments and the threats, mistakes and lessons learned by activists in Venezuela, Ukraine, Mexico, and Hong Kong as they took on their governments.

This panel will feature Venezuelan lawyer and activist Marianne Diaz, Global Voices Ukraine author Tetyana Bodanova, Oiwan Lam, Global Voices' Hong Kong-based Northeast Asia editor, and Elizabeth Rivera Global Voices Mexico author. 

Moderators
avatar for Sahar Habib Ghazi

Sahar Habib Ghazi

Managing Editor, Global Voices
I help run the unique and borderless Global Voices community and completely virtual newsroom, where we cover 167 countries in 35 languages, through our stellar group of 1400 volunteer writers and editors. I also produce a podcast called Into the Deep with Lauren Finch, Global Voices... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tetyana Bohdanova

Tetyana Bohdanova

Author, Global Voices
A GV contributor of over four years, I cover citizen media developments and cyber activism in my home country Ukraine and occasionally its neighbors. In my daily life I am a civil society development specialist, an activist, and a reseracher of new media's impact on civic and political... Read More →
avatar for Marianne Diaz

Marianne Diaz

Public Policy Analyst, Derechos Digitales
Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO... Read More →
avatar for Oiwan Lam

Oiwan Lam

Oiwan Lam is a media activist and educator based in Hong Kong. She is one of the founders of inmediahk.net, an independent citizen journalist platform and has been working with globalvoicesonline.org as Northeast Asia editor since 2005. She also teaches new media course at the Master... Read More →


Saturday January 24, 2015 12:00 - 13:00
Gallery

12:00

Sex and the Internet: Expression, Activism, and Regulation
The internet has been used by many across the world to discuss taboo topics, generate thoughts and reflections on (non-heteronormative) sexuality and gender, and to circumvent traditional censorship and mainstream narratives. Beyond the nipples censored by social media platforms and the pervasiveness of pornography online, this panel will discuss the intricate complexities of producing and publishing sexual content online and the potential of the internet as a space for sexual rights activism.

Moderators
avatar for Jan Moolman

Jan Moolman

Jan Moolman is a feminist activist who lives in South Africa and works in the Women’s Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications. Jan coordinates APCs work around violence against women and technology and is also a digital storytelling trainer. Follow her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dhyta Caturani

Dhyta Caturani

Project Coordinator, EngageMedia
Dhyta Caturani is a feminist activist working on issues related to human | rights, social justice, civil liberties, sexuality, women’s rights, and | violence against women.  As Project Coordinator at EngageMedia, she | focuses on the use of alternative media and technology within... Read More →
avatar for Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta

Executive Director, Point of View
Bishakha Datta (@busydot) works on gender, sexuality and digitality, writes and films non-fiction, runs the non-profit Point of View in Mumbai, India, is part of the wikipedia family and serves on several non-profit boards. In all her avatars, Bishakha explores marginal, invisible... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Fontanos

Naomi Fontanos

Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas
Naomi Fontanos is a writer, feminist and trans* rights activist in the Philippines. She is the co-founder and current Executive Director of Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas, a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernment organization advocating genuine gender equality... Read More →
avatar for Ana Santos

Ana Santos

Sex and Sensibilities.com
Ana P. Santos is a former sex columnist turned public health journalist. She writes about sex and gender issues for various publications and has a column on positive sexuality called DASH of SAS on Rappler. She is Girl Power Activator and founder of Sex and Sensibilities.com, (SAS... Read More →


Saturday January 24, 2015 12:00 - 13:00
Dignitaries

13:00

Lunch break
Saturday January 24, 2015 13:00 - 14:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

14:00

Round Table: Reporting in the Midst of a Propaganda War

During the last year, the information war between Russia, Ukraine, and the West 
has intensified, and the Internet has become one of its major battlefields. RuNet 
Echo has provided extensive coverage of efforts to manipulate information in the 
media, in a struggle to frame events in Ukraine and persuade an international 
public of a particular narrative.

Editors Kevin Rothrock and Tanya Lokot will talk to RuNet Echo contributors 
Aric Toler, Daniel Kennedy, and Sergey Kozlovsky about managing the balance 
between being bloggers, activists, journalists, and scholars as we report on the 
propaganda war. We’ll discuss civic journalism and blogging, fact checking and 
verification, propaganda techniques, memes and viral content, as well as the 
challenges of covering Russian, Ukrainian, and Western players engaged in 
propaganda and misinformation campaigns on the RuNet. 

Moderators
avatar for Tanya Lokot

Tanya Lokot

Editor, RuNet Echo / Global Voices
I coedit the RuNet Echo project for Global Voices. I am also a researcher and doctoral student at Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, and a contributor to Freedom House's Freedom on the Net report. I study social movements, protest, and digital media in Ukraine... Read More →
avatar for Kevin J. Rothrock

Kevin J. Rothrock

Project Editor, RuNet Echo
Russian media. Russian politics. Russian Russia.

Speakers
DK

Dan Kennedy

Open Democracy Russia
Originally from Dublin, I'm a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College London with an interest in the politics, history and culture of Russia and the former Soviet Union. By day I work for openDemocracy as an Associate Editor. I currently reside in London.
avatar for Sergey Kozlovsky

Sergey Kozlovsky

Love economics and finance.


Saturday January 24, 2015 14:00 - 15:00
Gallery

14:00

Workshop: What You See Isn't What It Is—How to Verify Citizen Video
As social media and YouTube footage play a greater role in reporting, journalists, activists, and human rights investigators face greater risks of being duped by footage claiming to be something it is not. This workshop, run by WITNESS, will provide real examples of online footage misinterpreted by journalists, falsely described by activists, and manipulated with the intention of inciting hatred or undermining authentic citizen reports. Participants will develop the skills of asking probing questions of online images, and learn tools and processes to assess whether they are looking at authentic footage, or whether they are the target of a hoax.

Moderators
Saturday January 24, 2015 14:00 - 15:00
Dignitaries

15:00

Frenemies with Benefits: The Politics of Funding Activism

As grantmakers, governments, foundations, and corporations wield a great deal of influence in the current human rights and technology sector. What are the positive and negative aspects of this influence? How are decisions made around priorities for funding, and how do the power dynamics of funding affect choices? How does the traditional model of funding activism engage with networked activism which relies on individual participation and distributed resources?

Global Voices co-founder Rebecca MacKinnon will moderate this panel of experts speaking on the politics of funding activism in Egypt, Cuba, Ethiopia and Central Asia.


Moderators
avatar for Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights, New America Foundation
Ranking Digital Rights

Speakers
avatar for Ellery Roberts Biddle

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 →
avatar for Mohamed ElGohary

Mohamed ElGohary

Lingua Director, Global Voices
I'm Global Voices Lingua Director. Interested in the internet and human rights in Egypt and the Middle East, while providing Arabic content to help the average Arab citizen use the internet.
avatar for Niels ten Oever

Niels ten Oever

Head of Digital, Article19
Niels ten Oever has designed and implemented freedom of expression projects in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Brazil and Afghanistan and worked on global internet governance issues in ICANN and the IETF. Niels started off working on radio when he got bitten... Read More →
avatar for Ivan Sigal

Ivan Sigal

Executive Director, Global Voices
Ivan Sigal is the executive director of Global Voices, a non-profit online global citizen media initiative, and supports similar projects around the world. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies digital storytelling and... Read More →


Saturday January 24, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

15:00

Workshop: Google Tools for Journalists
Everyone has access to tools and information that ten years ago only big publishers could afford. So how does a citizen journalist stand out from the crowd? Robin Moroney will give an overview of some digital tips to find what you're looking more easily and then publish, broadcast or graph it easily, responsibly and rapidly. 

Speakers
avatar for Robin Moroney

Robin Moroney

Communications Manager, Google
Robin Moroney is Communications Manager at Google. He's based out of Singapore and has delivered Google for Media workshops to broadcasters and print journalists in Singapore and Hong Kong. Before joining Google, he worked with the Wall Street Journal in Brussels, London, Hong Kong... Read More →


Saturday January 24, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Gallery

15:00

Workshop: Research 101
The internet is awash in publicly available data about itself and its participants.  The availability of all of this data makes it possible to learn a lot about how online media works, but it also opens as many questions as it answers and can easily lead to mistaken conclusions.  In this session, we will look at the data behind some current research efforts by the Media Cloud projects to understand what kinds of open data are available online and how to think about the methodology of analyzing that data to come up with insights that are helpful in understanding the networked public sphere.

Moderators
avatar for Hal Roberts

Hal Roberts

Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Hal Roberts is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is a co-founder and the technical architect of the Media Cloud project. Media Cloud is an open source, open data platform that seeks to better understand the networked public sphere by providing... Read More →

Saturday January 24, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Dignitaries

16:00

16:15

16:30

My Own Private Internet
The internet has made it possible to hear news and opinions from every corner of the world. But the internet also gives us almost unlimited choice, and most of us choose to pay more attention to news and events we already know and care about - usually local events - than those in other countries. In this panel, we will examine the ways the internet and social media have connected - or disconnected - communities around the world into global conversations.

Moderators
avatar for Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman

Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab
The future of Global Voices. Streaming video. Honoring volunteers. Sustainability.

Speakers
avatar for Abdoulaye Bah

Abdoulaye Bah

Undocumented immigrant for over a decade in Italy in the sixties and seventies! Guinean origin, husband, father and grandfather of Italians. Former UNIDO (Vienna) and Peacekeeping missions (Cambodia, Haiti and Rwanda) staff member. | | Member of the Italian Nonviolent Radical... Read More →
avatar for Violeta Camarasa

Violeta Camarasa

I write, I draw, I paint, I travel. I also teach a seminar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Global Communication.
avatar for Mildred Galarpe

Mildred Galarpe

managing editor, sunstar publishing inc
a digital immigrant but a true blue journalist.
avatar for Lova Rakotomalala

Lova Rakotomalala

Francophone Editor, Global Voices
I am the editor of the Francophone region for Global Voices, I am trained as a researcher in biomedical engineering and Public Health. Raised in Madagascar, I now live in Paris after  living for 13 years stateside. I am passionate about current events in Africa, statistical trends... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Tinta

Victoria Tinta

Editor, Global Voices in Aymara
Victoria is Editor of Global Voices in Aymara, and also a member of Jaqi Aru, a collective based in El Alto, Bolivia promoting the use of the Aymara language on the Internet.


Saturday January 24, 2015 16:30 - 17:30
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall
 
Sunday, January 25
 

09:00

Welcome and opening remarks
Speakers
avatar for Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

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


Sunday January 25, 2015 09:00 - 09:15
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

09:15

Rising Voices Spotlight: Indigenous Language Digital Activism
Speakers
avatar for Subhashish Panigrahi

Subhashish Panigrahi

Founder, OpenSpeaks, O Foundation (OFDN); GV; Internet Society
Open Internet advocate. Founded OpenSpeaks (project to build digital documentation of marginalized languages), co-founded O Foundation (nonprofit for growing Openness in South Asia). Works as Chapter Development Manager, Asia-Pacific for Internet Society.


Sunday January 25, 2015 09:15 - 09:30
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

09:30

Filipino Indigenous Languages in Citizen Media
There are over 150 local languages spoken in the Philippines. This session will explore the ways indigenous languages are being promoted by digital activists, as well as the ongoing technical, linguistic, and socio-cultural challenges.

Moderators
avatar for Eddie Avila

Eddie Avila

Rising Voices Director, Global Voices Online
Started as a Global Voices community member 2005 writing about the Bolivian blogosphere. In 2007, took over as Latin America and Spanish-Language Editor working with a great team of volunteer authors, who eventually became close friends. In 2010, I started as Rising Voices Director... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joceyln Gerra

Joceyln Gerra

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
Born in Mandaue (Cebu, Philippines), Jocelyn B. Gerra got her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology and MA Anthropology from at University of San Carlos (Cebu, Philippines). After working for 4 years in development and research, went back to her Alma Mater... Read More →
avatar for Emmanuel Mongaya

Emmanuel Mongaya

Emmanuel 'Anol' Mongaya used to join and help organize protest actions against the Marcos dictatorship during the early 80s. A son of a newspaper editor, he became instrumental in the publicity arms of various protest coalitions like the Coalition Against People's Persecution (CAPP... Read More →
avatar for Robert "Bob" Reyes

Robert "Bob" Reyes

Mozilla Representative, Mozilla Philippines Community
Mozilla Representative for the Philippines. I lead the localization of Firefox and Firefox OS to Tagalog (and coordinates the L10n for other Philippine languages).
avatar for Eugene Alvin Villar

Eugene Alvin Villar

Chairman, Wikimedia Philippines
I am an advocate for the open knowledge culture having been a Wikipedian since 2002, and a OpenStreetMap contributor since 2007. I also support the free and open source movement by using Kubuntu as my OS, Firefox as my browser, and Libre Office as my office suite. I believe that free... Read More →


Sunday January 25, 2015 09:30 - 10:30
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

09:30

How Not to Write About Revolution

Ukraine is portrayed as a nation divided in two, Bahrain's freedom movement is given a sectarian wash, and Syria’s freedom struggle is lost on conflict coverage.

Activists on the ground are usually taken aback by the "frame" western mainstream media uses to report their revolutions. In this panel, we'll talk about how protests and movements for freedom in Iran, Syria, Ukraine, and Bahrain should not be reported.

Mary Aviles, Global Voices’ Latin America editor and co-founder of Venezuela Decoded, a site that breaks down Venezuela's protests, will moderate.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Aviles

Mary Aviles

Latin America Editor, Global Voices
The focus of my career has been to innovate and collaborate at the media outlets where I have worked. For the last 12 years I have covered Hispanics in the United States as an editor with the only news wire service specializing in this community—EFE News Servicio Hispano... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amira AlHussaini

Amira AlHussaini

Middle East and North Africa Editor, Global Voices Online
Career journalist who started blogging in 2004 and never looked back. Toppling dictators one tweet at a time.
avatar for Mahsa Alimardani

Mahsa Alimardani

Internet Researcher, ARTICLE19/OXFORD INTERNET INSTITUTE
Mahsa Alimardani is a Iranian-Canadian Internet researcher. She currently helps lead some of the digital rights programs on Iran with ARTICLE19 and is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute, studying the politics of platforms in Iran.
avatar for Tanya Lokot

Tanya Lokot

Editor, RuNet Echo / Global Voices
I coedit the RuNet Echo project for Global Voices. I am also a researcher and doctoral student at Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, and a contributor to Freedom House's Freedom on the Net report. I study social movements, protest, and digital media in Ukraine... Read More →
avatar for Leila Nachawati

Leila Nachawati

APC / SyriaUntold
I am a Madrid-based writer, communication consultant and human rights activist. I teach Communications at Carlos III University, where I am currently pursuing my PhD. | | Since November 2014, I work as a Communications Officer for APC.org, a network of activists committed to supporting... Read More →


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

09:30

Magna Cartas: A World Tour

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.


Moderators
avatar for Ellery Roberts Biddle

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Renata Avila

Renata Avila

Senior Digital Rights Advisor, World Wide Web Foundation - Public Citizen Consultant
Renata Avila, Guatemalan, is an international lawyer and digital rights advocate. Specializing in Intellectual Property and Technology, her work addresses the intersection between human rights, information, technological change and the power disparities between the Global North and... Read More →
avatar for Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

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

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
Dignitaries

10:30

11:00

Battling Trauma: The Highs and Lows of Revolution

As protests and resistance movements have swept across the Middle East, governments and militaries have used intimidation, detainment, torture and lethal force to silence dissent.

Activists fighting for change in these environments live under the constant fear and threat of physical harm or detainment. Many are ripe for developing PTSD.

In this session we find out how activists from Bahrain, Syria and Egypt continue to fight the difficult fight after their friends have been tortured, arrested and even killed.


Moderators
avatar for Mohamad Najem

Mohamad Najem

Social Media Exchange
Acting as the advocacy director in SMEX, lead and assist in various campaigns in the Arab countries, mainly around digital rights. Trainer, speaker, and consultant for diverse NGO's and civil society groups in the Arab region. | | I am the co-founder of Social Media Exchange... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amira AlHussaini

Amira AlHussaini

Middle East and North Africa Editor, Global Voices Online
Career journalist who started blogging in 2004 and never looked back. Toppling dictators one tweet at a time.
avatar for Lina Attalah

Lina Attalah

Founder and editor-in-chief, Mada Masr
Lina Attalah is the co-founder and chief editor of Mada Masr, a Cairo-based news website. She has been working as a journalist in Egypt, mostly covering it and parts of the Middle East for several news outlets. Before Mada Masr, she was the chief editor of Egypt Independent, a major... Read More →
avatar for marietta le

marietta le

Marietta Le, journalist at Atlatszo.hu Breaking Borders Award-winner Hungarian investigative journalism website. She has been an author and translator for Global Voices Online since 2009. Since 2012 she has been running Jarokelo.hu, a website that helps citizens send complaints from their neighbourhood to local municipalities in Hungary... Read More →


Sunday January 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

11:00

Round Table: Internet rights in your backyard—Joining international principles and national advocacy

This roundtable aims to present recent work on the advance of a free and open internet at a local level, and discuss the challenges ahead.

In 2015, the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) in partnership with Article 19 will be leading the project Local Actions to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR). Inspired by the principles of the WebWeWant campaign, advocacy initiatives will be supported in nine countries to engage organizations and activists in national campaigns to promote Internet rights, the WWW principles and develop an integrated strategy of policy research, context analysis, coalition building, media outreach and popular engagement.


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Renata Avila

Renata Avila

Senior Digital Rights Advisor, World Wide Web Foundation - Public Citizen Consultant
Renata Avila, Guatemalan, is an international lawyer and digital rights advocate. Specializing in Intellectual Property and Technology, her work addresses the intersection between human rights, information, technological change and the power disparities between the Global North and... Read More →
avatar for Aida Mahmutovic

Aida Mahmutovic

Program Manager, OneWorld SEE
avatar for Niels ten Oever

Niels ten Oever

Head of Digital, Article19
Niels ten Oever has designed and implemented freedom of expression projects in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Brazil and Afghanistan and worked on global internet governance issues in ICANN and the IETF. Niels started off working on radio when he got bitten... Read More →
avatar for Joana Varon

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 11:00 - 12:00
Gallery

11:00

When the Stakes Are High and the Story Ever Changing: Online Crisis Reporting
Reporting on a crisis isn't easy, no matter if it's a sudden violent conflict grabbing the world's attention or an ongoing systemic issue hardly making a headline. How do you tell the story accurately when the situation can change from moment to moment? How do you sift truth from propaganda, especially online? How do you responsibly cover trauma? 

In this session, a panel of experts will speak about their experiences dealing with these and other challenges of crisis reporting.

Moderators
avatar for Lauren L. Finch

Lauren L. Finch

News Editor, Global Voices
I'm Lauren, but I also go by L. Finch or simply L. Among other things, I work to make sure that every one of Global Voices’ unique stories is easy to read and thought-provoking, no matter where in the world you come from. I'm a journalist and translator with a passion for the Spanish... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Isolde Amante

Isolde Amante

Editor, Sun.Star Publishing Inc. (Cebu)
I'm Isolde, but please call me Sol (it's less complicated that way). I work as editor-in-chief of Sun.Star Cebu, which operates as part of a network of community newspapers in the Philippines under Sun.Star Publishing Inc. Public health and accountability in the use of public funds... Read More →
avatar for Joey Ayoub

Joey Ayoub

Global Voices/Hummus For Thought
Joey Ayoub is the MENA Editor at Global Voices as well as a Lebanese researcher currently living in Edinburgh. He is the founder of Hummus For Thought and mostly writes on Syria, Israel-Palestine, and Lebanon. | | He has a BS in Environmental Health from the American University... Read More →
avatar for Chloe Lai

Chloe Lai

Head of Urban Sustainability, The Oval Partnership
Chloe Lai is working on her doctoral thesis at the Comparative Literature Department, University of Hong Kong. She researches on whether the news media is an integral part of the neoliberal pro-growth machine with specific reference to the urban redevelopment regime in Hong Kong... Read More →
avatar for Mohamed Nanabhay

Mohamed Nanabhay

Deputy CEO, Media Development Investment Fund
Deputy CEO of the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF); digital media practitioner, entrepreneur and strategist


Sunday January 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:00
Dignitaries

12:00

Before, During, and After a Natural Disaster: How Participatory Media Informs and Organizes
Citizens are taking full advantage of participatory media technologies to prepare for natural disasters, but also mobilize help and inform when disaster strikes. What are some of the challenges for society when using these tools?

Moderators
avatar for Daudi Were

Daudi Were

Director, Innovation, Ushahidi
Daudi Khamadi Were is a Kenyan technology, data and information strategist and social rights defender based in Nairobi. Daudi spends most of his time working on innovative ways technology can be used as an effective tool to bring about positive change in communities across the world... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vencer Crisostomo

Vencer Crisostomo

Vencer is Secretary-General for Kabataan Partylist. He is formerly national chairperson of the League of Filipino Students and a youth columnist for Pinoy Weekly. He is also a web designer and an internet enthusiast. To new friends, as much as I want to add new friends, account is... Read More →
avatar for Darwin F. Flores

Darwin F. Flores

Head for Community Partnerships, Public Affairs Group,, Smart
For the last ten years, Darwin has been leading Smart's community engagement initiatives for the base of the pyramid communities in the Philippines. He heads the department responsible for developing ICT-oriented, socially relevant programs in the areas of education, health, disaster... Read More →
JD

Jocel de Guzman

Director for External Affairs
avatar for Hope Hervilla

Hope Hervilla

Founder Voices of Hope, Rising Voices Awardee, World Pulse Correspondent
International award -winning citizen’s journalist and a woman activist leader, Hope is a staunch advocate leader of social justice issues especially on grassroots women and environment here in the Philippines. Engaging passionate and speaking fearlessly for social change and people’s... Read More →
avatar for Orsolya Jenei

Orsolya Jenei

When I left to Southern Chad with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in 2012, I didn't know I'll be so lucky that within a year I'll be able to work on my mapping - citizen media project in Niger as one of Rising Voices grantees of 2013. The Mapping for Niger project that has been... Read More →


Sunday January 25, 2015 12:00 - 13:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

12:00

Gagged in the Name of God & Country: Religion, Nationalism and Freedom of Speech

In Bangladesh, bloggers face jail time for espousing “atheist” ideas online. Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority bans YouTube over the “Innocence of Muslims” video. In Venezuela, policymakers are propagating a cyber terrorism law that outlaws online speech contrary to “national ideals”. In this panel discussion, Global Voices authors speak on state censorship imposed in the name of religious and nationalistic sentiment in South Asia and Latin America.

Media Legal Defence Initiative attorney Nani Jansen, who has defended numerous bloggers and journalists imprisoned under laws like these, will moderate.


Moderators
avatar for Nani Jansen

Nani Jansen

Legal Director, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Nani Jansen is the Legal Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Since... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Diaz

Marianne Diaz

Public Policy Analyst, Derechos Digitales
Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO... Read More →
avatar for Sahar Habib Ghazi

Sahar Habib Ghazi

Managing Editor, Global Voices
I help run the unique and borderless Global Voices community and completely virtual newsroom, where we cover 167 countries in 35 languages, through our stellar group of 1400 volunteer writers and editors. I also produce a podcast called Into the Deep with Lauren Finch, Global Voices... Read More →
avatar for Rezwan

Rezwan

Regional Editor, Global Voices
Editor @Globalvoices, @Ajplus. Blogger, Social Media Enthusiast, Translator, Amateur Photographer.


Sunday January 25, 2015 12:00 - 13:00
Dignitaries

12:00

Workshop: Research 101 (Media Cloud)
The internet is awash in publicly available data about itself and its participants.  The availability of all of this data makes it possible to learn a lot about how online media works, but it also opens as many questions as it answers and can easily lead to mistaken conclusions.  In this session, we will look at the data behind some current research efforts by the Media Cloud projects to understand what kinds of open data are available online and how to think about the methodology of analyzing that data to come up with insights that are helpful in understanding the networked public sphere.

Moderators
avatar for Hal Roberts

Hal Roberts

Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Hal Roberts is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is a co-founder and the technical architect of the Media Cloud project. Media Cloud is an open source, open data platform that seeks to better understand the networked public sphere by providing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman

Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab
The future of Global Voices. Streaming video. Honoring volunteers. Sustainability.


Sunday January 25, 2015 12:00 - 13:00
Gallery

13:00

Lunch break
Sunday January 25, 2015 13:00 - 14:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

14:00

Do We Feed the Trolls?

You were working into the wee hours of the morning on a difficult story. You wake up to 200 tweets. Many of them are personal attacks. You are being trolled.

 How should we react to harassment online? And when should we fight back?

Jillian C York will talk to a group of outspoken online commentators about daring to speak up in the increasingly polarized and hostile online space.


Moderators
avatar for Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York

Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Talk to me about TOS enforcement and censorship on social platforms, or your work in the Middle East and North Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Lina Attalah

Lina Attalah

Founder and editor-in-chief, Mada Masr
Lina Attalah is the co-founder and chief editor of Mada Masr, a Cairo-based news website. She has been working as a journalist in Egypt, mostly covering it and parts of the Middle East for several news outlets. Before Mada Masr, she was the chief editor of Egypt Independent, a major... Read More →
avatar for Arzu Geybullayeva

Arzu Geybullayeva

Journalist, Freelance
Regional analyst, correspondent, and columnist. Former Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) and Central Asia Azerbaijan Fellow at George Washington University. Main areas of interest include human rights, advocacy, press freedom, and more recently... Read More →
avatar for Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Editor, blogger, Blog Watch Citizen Media
I am very active on twitter as @momblogger advocating constructive engagement in issues on family and society. I am very passionate about nurturing both my family and community in order to secure my children’s future and that of others. I co-founded Blog Watch in 2009, a... Read More →
avatar for Kevin J. Rothrock

Kevin J. Rothrock

Project Editor, RuNet Echo
Russian media. Russian politics. Russian Russia.


Sunday January 25, 2015 14:00 - 15:00
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

15:00

Workshop: Technology & Innovation for Advocacy - Enhancing Action for Freedom of Information Legislation in the Philippines
Attorney Nepomuceno Malulauan from the Institute for Freedom of Information in the Philippines will be sharing about work of the the Freedom of Information (FOI) activists in the Philippines and key opportunities for taking forward advocacy, action and practice of FOI in 2015. Then session will give FOI activists and participants from other countries to share some of the tech and innovation tools they may have used to further advocacy on FOI or related legislation. Discussions will be centered around tech tools that can be implemented in the Philippines to further mobilize the citizenry and fully utilize the forthcoming legislation to: hold the executive account; improve both transparency and accountability; and for journalists and activists to be able to do so safely.

Moderators
avatar for Hyshyama Hamin

Hyshyama Hamin

Programme Officer Asia, Ushahidi: Making All Voices Count
Hyshyama is Programme Officer Asia for Making All Voices Count as part of the Ushahidi team. Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, with the goal of promoting transparency, fighting corruption, empowering marginalised citizens, and harnessing... Read More →
avatar for Daudi Were

Daudi Were

Director, Innovation, Ushahidi
Daudi Khamadi Were is a Kenyan technology, data and information strategist and social rights defender based in Nairobi. Daudi spends most of his time working on innovative ways technology can be used as an effective tool to bring about positive change in communities across the world... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nepomuceno Malaluan

Nepomuceno Malaluan

Nepomuceno Malaluan is Co-Director of the Institute for Freedom of Information, a partnership program of the Action for Economic Reforms (AER) and the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism. He is Co-Convener of the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition, a network of more than... Read More →
avatar for Malou Mangahas

Malou Mangahas

Executive Director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
MALOU MANGAHAS is executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, a pioneering nonprofit launched in 1989. She is a veteran of Philippine journalism, served as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and has worked for various newspapers and news agencies... Read More →


Sunday January 25, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Gallery

15:00

Workshop: What should we expect from the tech companies we depend on? (Ranking Digital Rights)
Speakers
avatar for Mohamed ElGohary

Mohamed ElGohary

Lingua Director, Global Voices
I'm Global Voices Lingua Director. Interested in the internet and human rights in Egypt and the Middle East, while providing Arabic content to help the average Arab citizen use the internet.
avatar for Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights, New America Foundation
Ranking Digital Rights


Sunday January 25, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Dignitaries

16:00

16:15

The Revolution Will Be Illustrated!
Get to know Global Voices' favorite activist web comics, cartoons and graphics.

Speakers
avatar for Aparna

Aparna

Author South Asia + Board member, Global Voices Online
A keen student of the social sciences, I work at the intersection of communities, communication, technology and innovation. Be it people, places, cultures or issues such as ICT4D, gender, governance, social inclusion - you'll find me ever willing to have a conversation. | | If... Read More →
avatar for Marianne Diaz

Marianne Diaz

Public Policy Analyst, Derechos Digitales
Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO... Read More →
avatar for Oiwan Lam

Oiwan Lam

Oiwan Lam is a media activist and educator based in Hong Kong. She is one of the founders of inmediahk.net, an independent citizen journalist platform and has been working with globalvoicesonline.org as Northeast Asia editor since 2005. She also teaches new media course at the Master... Read More →
avatar for Mazyar Mahdavifar

Mazyar Mahdavifar

Farsi Editor, Global Voices Online
Journalist & Media Producer
avatar for Kevin J. Rothrock

Kevin J. Rothrock

Project Editor, RuNet Echo
Russian media. Russian politics. Russian Russia.
avatar for Taisa Sganzerla

Taisa Sganzerla

Lusophone News Editor, Global Voices
@taisasganzerla


Sunday January 25, 2015 16:15 - 17:15
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

17:00

10 Years of Global Voices
Speakers
avatar for Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights, New America Foundation
Ranking Digital Rights
avatar for Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman

Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab
The future of Global Voices. Streaming video. Honoring volunteers. Sustainability.


Sunday January 25, 2015 17:00 - 17:45
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

18:45

Global Voices Summit Wrap Party & 10th Anniversary Celebration!
Come celebrate 10 years of Global Voices with us!

Sunday January 25, 2015 18:45 - 22:00
Museo Sugbo M. J. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines