digitisation for democracy and the public good
Audio recordings of all sessions are already available (thanks a lot to the online news team of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung), video recordings will follow soon.
Read UNESCO’s report about the session focusing on whistleblowers: Journalists and whistleblowers need protection
More reports to follow.
The Symposium took place in Berlin on Nov. 16th & 17th. Participants discussed recent developments, strategies and next steps at the intersection of media development and Internet Governance with a range of international experts in the fields of media development and Internet governance:
and many more.
A more detailed report from the symposium will follow in the 1st quarter 2018.
More info on the Networks & Politics website
The meeting was the fourth in a series of events that aims to bring together different actors from civil society and academia who are interested in international internet policy and its impact on the national level. These networking meetings will take place three times per year, in Berlin, Germany. They are organised by several civil society groups and academic institutions, including iRights.international, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the IGF Academy and the German section of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF-D). All stakeholder groups are welcome to join the meetings.
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We have been involved in Internet governance since the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva 2003 – as reporters, consultants, organisers and facilitators. In 2016, we founded the IGF Academy to foster freedom of information in the Global South by initiating and enhancing Internet governance processes.
Algorithmic decision making (ADM) has become ubiquitous in recent years. It holds enormous promise and carries enormous dangers. With AlgorithmWatch, we created the world’s first advocacy organisation dedicated to monitoring and investigating these processes and shedding light on the consequences they have on society.
Digitisation, combined with the worldwide spread of the Internet leaves no stone unturned. It changes the way we work and relax, learn and play, love and live. We work with universities and public administration, government and MPs, philanthropic organisations, civil society and private companies to maximise the benefits of this development for the public good.
Matthias is a journalist and entrepreneur in Berlin. In 2016, he co-founded AlgorithmWatch, an advocacy organisation focused on algorithmic accountability. In 2004, he co-funded the online magazine iRights.info – about legal issues in the digital world, which in 2006 received the Grimme Online Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for online journalism. He now serves as its publisher. As a consultant and trainer Matthias has worked with journalists in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East for almost 20 years. He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag on artificial intelligence and robotics, future developments of journalism, surveillance and more. Currently, Matthias is a Bucerius Fellow of the ZEIT foundation; in 2015/16 he was a Fellow at Stiftung Mercator. He serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the advisory council of the Whistleblower Network. In the steering committee of the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF-D), he acts as co-chair for the academia and civil society stakeholder groups. Matthias has co-authored and edited several books on Internet governance, journalism and copyright regulation and holds master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin.
Lorena Jaume-Palasí researches on philosophy of law and politics, with a focus on the contemporary idea, dynamics and ethics of digital publicness and privacy. She co-founded AlgorithmWatch, an advocacy organisation focused on algorithmic accountability. Lorena heads the secretariat of the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF). She served as the Director for Communications and Youth Engagement of EuroDIG, the European IGF, and has been working on the advancement of Internet governance structures both nationally and regionally for the past seven years. She additionally engages pro bono at the Internet & Society Collaboratory helping in the development of technical applications such as the offlinetags, which are new forms of social conventions to signalise publicness preferences with regards to personal pictures. Lorena cofounded AlgorithmWatch and serves on the advisory board of Code Red, a global initiative to accelerate the reform of security organisations. Currently, she is a Bucerius Fellow of the ZEIT foundation and created the Dynamic Coalition on Publicness, a multistakeholder initiative as part of the Internet Governance Forum process.
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