India and other South-Asian countries have made leapfrogs in the technology sector to adapt to digital lifestyles. In recent years, there has been a disturbing trend towards mass surveillance by government agencies, the invasion of privacy, and acts to curb free speech online. The Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) organized the first Digital Citizen Summit on the 11th November 2016 to address these issues. The key objective of the summit was to generate actionable policy-based recommendations and lay down steps to promote human rights online. Taking this initiative forward, DEF will be organizing the third Digital Citizen Summit in 2018 in New Delhi.
Dr. Anja Kovacs will be speaking at
the Inaugural Session on Information Disorders: Disrupting Digital Citizenship (10−11 am, 1 November)
the Roundtable on Intermediary Liability and Gender-based Violence, organised by the Centre for Internet and Society (11.30 am — 12.30 pm, 1 November)
the Panel on Access and Inclusion in the Global South: How Are We Doing? organised by LirneAsia (4−5 pm, 1 November).
Aiswarya Jayamohan will be speaking on the panel on Online Harassment: The New Form of Intimidation? organised by sflc.in (12.30−1.30 pm, 1 November)