Orgs. Derechos Digitales, Coding Rights and APC
Monday, December 5 – 14h
AC Guadalajara México Hotel – Marriott
Avenida de Las Americas 1500, Country Club, Guadalajara Jalisco 44610, México

Release of “Latin America in a Glimpse”, a summary of the most important trends in the digital rights arena in the region this year. The project was a collaborative effort carried out between Derechos Digitales, APC, IFEX-ALC and Coding Rights (Brazil).

The event will be held on December 5th, at the AC Guadalajara México Hotel – Marriott (Avenida de Las Americas 1500, Country Club, Guadalajara Jalisco 44610, México) at 2:00 PM, a day prior to the Internet Governance Forum. This is a perfect opportunity for the international community to connect and better understand the reality of human rights on the internet in Latin America.

We will have two roundtables focusing on some of the most relevant issues that Latin America faced in 2016. The first discussion panel is called Digital Surveillance in Latin America: New Challenges, New Narratives, with the participation of Coding Rights (Brazil), Fundación Karisma (Colombia), R3D (Mexico), TEDIC (Paraguay), Sula Batsú (Costa Rica) and Valeria Betacourt from APC as moderator. The second discussion panel is called The “Right to be Forgotten” in Latin America? The Whys, Whats and Hows: Case Analysis, and will include the participation of ADC (Argentina) Derechos Digitales, Artículo 19 (Mexico) and Hiperderecho (Perú).


Org. Coding Rights
Wednesday, December 7 – 14H15 – 14H35
Room: Lightning Session Area

Massive data collection, Data mining, profiling and directed advertising are currently the foundation of apps and online platforms. As Snowden proved, this DataEconomy, based on profit from the data and metadata produced by internet users, has strong correlation with surveillance practices from the States and ultimately, lead us into a new paradigm of “surveillance capitalism”.

Nevertheless, the wonders of innovation of new technologies have led most of the population to adopt tracking technologies without critical view about what is at stake. At the same time, legal framework for data protection are far behind overcoming challenges posed by new technologies, that goes from jurisdictional conflicts, to proper means of transparency and effective consent.

In this scenario, civil society organizations are already working on different investigations about government and company surveillance practices, but effective strategies for awareness raising are still emerging. In this sense, it is necessary to translate all the evidence collected and accumulated expertise into compelling narratives that would explain and highlight the wide dimensions of the impact of such practices in our daily lifes, not only on digital rights but also on other fundamental rights, such as right to equality and freedom and consumers rights.

That exercise requires a higher interaction between privacy advocates, investigative journalists and technologists to produce more effective advocacy for data protection. Based on the experiences of the platform “Unveilling Surveillance Practices in latam”, the purpose of this Break-ou-Groups session is to take advantage of the diversity of voices attending IGF to graps other possible approaches and cases to use as sources for narratives.


[LIGHTNING SESSION] Internet Civil Society’s tools to monitor the Parliament
Thursday, December 8 – 14h40 – 15h
Room: Lightning Session Area

Can digital rights conquer the political mainstream? “Civil Society’s tools to monitor the Parliament” is designed to provoke a conversation between civil society’s organizations on what strategies we are using to push our National Congresses in the promotion of human rights and how we are monitoring and affecting what is being discussed in our local House of Representatives.

We will also present the “Coalizão Direitos na Rede”, a Brazilian Coalition recently created to strengthen NGO’s presence in the country’s legislative agenda, and discuss what the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles is doing in Argentina in regard of legislative process monitoring.

Come share with us what’s being done in your country and learn a bit more about Brazilian and Argentinian advocacy strategies!


Org Coding Rights and APC
Thursday, December 8 – 15h05 – 15h25

Room: Lightning Session Area

Recent commitments of social media platforms and proposals for legal provisions on cybercrime to address “hate speech” are ultimately leading to more censorship and surveillance of the Internet. Measures such as content blockage and filtering, real name policies, data retention and prohibition of anonymity have been listed as solutions, but have little effect and a lot of potential damage.

It is important to recall that privacy and anonymity are crucial to the exercise freedom of expression, particularly in hostile environments, where either the State or society itself are adverse to a debate that might be thorny, but relevant to promote shifts in old paradigms.

What exactly is “hate speech”? What differentiates it from already established criminal provisions of such as libel and slander? Is there any kind of physical tangibility to be considered? If so, what differentiates it from incitement to crime? Does hate speech directed to the powerful differs from hate directed at minorities or socially discriminated groups? They are both equally punishable? How do we draw the line between “hate speech” and political speech? Is deletion of the speech in question and prosecution the offender the most suitable way to address hate within the society?

Taking all this questions for granted generates severe damage not only to the protection and promotion of privacy and freedom of expression, but also for the openness and security of internet architecture itself. How do we protect the victims while this questions are still on the table?


Orgs Karisma/APC/Luchadoras/CodingRights and a lot of rock and roll women
Thursday, December 8 – 16h30

Cuerpos parlantes_espacio feminista y de investigación urbana
González Ortega 531 (entre Hospital y Juan Álvarez), Guadalajara

Internet se ha convertido en un espacio de socialización, comunicación e información, pero también de violencia para nosotras las mujeres. El próximo 8 de diciembre a las 16:30hrs en Cuerpos Parlantes, mujeres activistas, usuarias, interesadas en temas de violencia digital y activismo de México y América Latina, nos vamos a reunir en la FemHackParty.

En el marco de los #16DíasDeActivismo la FemHackParty será un espacio para conocer diferentes proyectos de América latina que apuestan por una internet libre de violencias. Las presentaciones se darán en un formato similar a la metodología Pechakucha: en 8 minutos y apoyadas por imágenes, mujeres latinas contaremos más detalles de estas experiencias.

Queremos que sea un espacio dinámico y cercano para quienes asistan, y para eso disfrutaremos de música compuesta e interpretada por mujeres, además de compartir bebidas de los países de donde venimos.

Queremos hacer una reflexión y una sensibilización, pero sobretodo informar cómo podemos construir un internet sin violencia. Esta actividad es de micrófono abierto, por eso al finalizar las presentaciones les invitamos a dialogar mientras compartimos cervezas locales, licores de diferentes países y botanas.


Org. Coding Rights
Friday, December 9 – 12h – 13h30

Workshop Room 10 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

The concept of Smart Cities has attracted considerable attention in the development of urban policies in the Global South. In them, the role of the Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamental: it supports added-value services for the administration of the city and for the citizens.

Smart Cities are presented as the final technical answer that can organize the supposed chaos of cities, which is particularly attractive for large Global South cities, often considered chaotic clusters plagued of violence and ineffective systems. Even more, for some of their advocates in developing countries, Smart Cities and IoT efficiently drive sustainable economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity.

But critical visions assert that the adoption of Smart Cities has been made without an open and democratic discussion addressing relevant Global South’s problems on inclusive and sustainable growth, as: the persistent technological dependence from the North, the weak protection of personal data in the majority of countries, the lack of an affordable and inclusive internet, the evidence that States are trying to control their citizens within the public space, among many other issues.

The way IoT is conceived, adopted and regulated in the context of Smart Cities in the Global South, affects directly or indirectly the sustainable economic growth and the exercise of human rights. This workshop will be the opportunity to expose the nuances of adopting Smart Cities, with an special focus in the challenges on public policies that IoT implies in the context of developing countries with weak democracies.

Speakers confirmed:
Cavalli, Olga
Larios Rosillo, Victor Manuel
Rakesh, Vanya
Rennó, Raquel
Van Hoogstraten, Catherine Garcia
Matus, Jessica

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