Democracy and Human Rights in the Digital Age


Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI)
The Event

The Samir Kassir Foundation and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, in partnership with UNESCO, cordially invite you to a panel discussion:

Democracy and Human Rights in the Digital Age

Claudia Wagner, ICT4Peace, UK
Jazem Halioui, Webradar, Tunisia
Jonne Catshoek, Elva, The Netherlands
Moderator: Ayman Mhanna, Samir Kassir Foundation, Lebanon

Time: 3pm-5pm, Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Place: Issam Fares Institute Auditorium, AUB (Green Oval)

The Samir Kassir Foundation’s SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom with the support of UNESCO, launched a year ago “tech4freedom.” This project aims at empowering Arab human rights and development organizations with relevant tech tools that can help advance their causes and objectives. Likewise, the rise in the Lebanese tech scene has been gaining momentum and many of the tech developers are keen to work for human rights and development causes. It was therefore important for the two traditionally separate fields to join their efforts together.

The panel will gather international experts who are developing and using tech innovation to support free speech, humanitarian aid and development initiatives, combat terrorism, and promote democratic values.

Claudia Wagner (UK) is a Researcher and Deputy Project Director on the Tech Against Terrorism Project a joint project implemented by ICT4Peace Foundation and UNCTED under the mandate of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. The objective of this project is to build confidence and capacity by bridging between business and government, civil society, and academia to improve collective capability in preventing and disrupting the terrorist use of ICT and the Internet. Prior to this project, Wagner worked in the Moscow office of Human Rights Watch, researching limitations to freedom of speech and violence against women. At the European Union Delegation in Moscow, she focused on human rights and the North Caucasus. Wagner earned her Bachelor’s in Russian with Politics and Economics at University College London, and her Master’s at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Jazem Halioui (Tunisia) is a serial technology entrepreneur with interest in artificial emotional intelligence and big data, currently running, an emotional market research firm, serving customers such as government agencies, the World Bank, and local and international NGOs. He also founded a citizen movement that hacked the re-writing of the Tunisian constitution to make sure citizens participate in decision-making. After two years of advocacy and lobbying the parliament, the movement grew to more than ten thousand people and successfully introduced the concept of open governance and access to information into the 2014 constitution. He won several awards such as the World Summit Award for the best e-business app in the world (2005).

Jonne Catshoek (The Netherlands) is a social entrepreneur who specializes in developing innovative technologies for conflict prevention and civic engagement. He is the founder and director of Elva Community Engagement, an organization that provides development organizations and governments on four continents with mobile solutions and strategic consultancy services to strengthen their programs. Catshoek has supervised development and conflict management projects in more than a dozen countries worldwide. He has also overseen the establishment of Elva’s country offices in Georgia, Indonesia and the Netherlands. Prior to founding Elva, Catshoek carried out extensive research and field work for conflict management and democracy support organizations, including the International Crisis Group (Senegal), the Eurasia Foundation (Georgia), the Crisis Management Initiative (Brussels) and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy.

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