Side Event: Anonymity & Encryption

Thursday, 18 June 2015; 11:00 - 13:00
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, UN in Geneva
29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Anonymity and encryption ensure that online communications are more secure, free and private, and are vital enablers of the rights to freedom of expression and privacy.
However, these tools are increasingly under threat, endangering all internet users, as well as human rights defenders, journalists and whistle blowers. In 2015, several governments called for measures to crackdown on encryption and undermine online anonymity.
Where anonymity is not protected, and the use of encryption is compromised, the exercise of fundamental rights is at risk.
At the 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, will present his first thematic report on the issue of anonymity and encryption.

Join ARTICLE 19, Privacy International, Human Rights Watch, the Internet Society and the Association for Progressive Communications to discuss the Special Rapporteur’s report, and the following questions:

  • What must States do to ensure that anonymity and encryption are safeguarded?
  • What is the role of Internet intermediaries and other private actors to protect freedom of expression and privacy online?
  • What must the Human Rights Council do to address protection and implementation gaps?

We are grateful to the permanent missions of Austria, Brazil, Germany, Norway and Tunisia for co-sponsoring this event. 

Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director for Law and Policy, ARTICLE 19

David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, United Nations
Joana Varon, Coding Rights, Brazil
Shahzad Ahmed, Bytes For All, Pakistan
Marek Tuszynski, Tactical Technology Collective, Germany
Ted Hardie, Internet Architecture Board, International
Carly Nyst, Privacy International, United Kingdom
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This event is prepared by ARTICLE 19 through the Civic Space Initiative, implemented in partnership with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), CIVICUS; World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and the World Movement for Democracy.

* Please note that if you don’t have access to the UN, you need to RSVP to be added to the guest list.

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