Program

Stockholm Internet Forum 2015

20 October

19.00 Reception at City Hall (hosted by the City of Stockholm)Stockholms stad_logotyp_svart_RGB_30mm

Speaker: Mats Berglund, Vice President of the Stockholm City Council

Speaker: Ashnah Kalemera, Programmes Associate, Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa, CIPESA

21 October

09.00–09.15 Opening Addresses – Location: Mässhallen

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida

Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Sweden

09.15–10.30 Opening session – Location: Mässhallen

New goals and old power structures: the promise of equal access to the internet

This opening session will set the tone for two days of debate in the forum, recap global events since SIF last year and put the theme of this year’s SIF – access with a special emphasis on gender equality – into context.

Panellists

Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Sweden

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida

Frank La Rue, Executive Director, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe

Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director of the Association for Progressive Communications, APC

Samir Saran, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation, ORF

10.30–11.00 Coffee break

11.00–12.15 Main session 1 – Location: Mässhallen

All of the internet all of the time

This session aims to outline how global development for all can be achieved through greater access.

Simply having access to digital tools and the Internet does not automatically achieve social justice and development outcomes. Moving away from just counting subscribers, this session will talk about access with a multi-dimensional approach including technological infrastructure, affordability, and contextual factors such as regulation, social structures and the political situation. With initiatives like internet.org, and efforts through the Alliance for Affordable Internet and GSMA’s Connectivity Programme — which all aims to connect the remaining 2/3 to the Internet — it’s clear that governments, private sector and civil society prioritise access to information and the Internet.

Panellists

Ebele Okobi, Head of Public Policy Africa, Facebook

Anne Jellema, CEO, World Wide Web Foundation, WWWF

Matthew Bloxham, Senior Director, Head of Policy Development, GSMA

Jaqueline D. Pateguana, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Transport and Communications, MTC, Mozambique

Juan Carlos Lara, Lawyer, Derechos Digitales

12.15–13.45 Lunch/mingle

13.45–15.00 Parallel session 1.1 – Location: Mässhallen

From policy to practice: implementing policies for equal access

This session seek to understand how organisations and companies can go from policy to practice and implementing the policy for equal access and gender equality.

Concrete data can be used to inform discussions between civil society, policymakers, and the private sector, so that society can properly determine its stance on the capabilities and deployment of dual-use technologies that impact users around the world.

How can organisations influence global and regional policy priorities? How can the evidence base for policymaking be improved and what are the current gaps?

Panellists

Salil Tripathi, Senior Adviser Global Issues, Institute for Human Rights and Business, IHRB

Ashnah Kalemera, Programmes Associate, Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa, CIPESA

Lynne Dorward, Executive Director, Group Regulatory Affairs at Ooredoo Group

Anita Gurumurthy, Director, IT for Change

13.45–15.00 Parallel session 1.2 – Location: Fogelström

Levelling the playing field – gender and leadership in ICTs

This panel aims to explore today’s challenges for women leaders in organizations producing media content and how we can collectively work to overcome these challenges for future generations?

It is no secret that women are under-represented in Internet Communications Technology-focused sectors. What impact can ‘levelling the playing field ‘ in this sector have within the larger context of gender, human rights and democracy?

Meet the women and men who are changing the face of leadership in this field, and in doing so, creating the rules  – and the role models for the next generation – as they go along. How do they manage the day-to-day challenges of doing business in male-dominated sectors? Who do they look for as role models in this sector? How are they helping to groom the next generation of leaders; what can be done to attract and retain more women in these sectors?

Panellists

Judith Owigar, Co-Founder and Operations Director at Akirachix

Barbara Nickel, Digital managing editor at Zero Hora

Reem Al Masri,  Research manager at 7iber

Cecilia Zadig, Women’s Leadership in the Media atStockholm University

13.45–15.00 Parallel session 1.3 – Location: Riddarsalen

Defending human rights- online safety through cross-expertise collaboration

This panel aims to explore the possibilities of cross-expertise collaboration to ensure a safe online environment for Human Rights Defenders.

The situation for Human Rights Defenders worldwide is rapidly getting more complicated, often dangerous. This is clearly related to the shrinking space for civil society in many countries and contexts, but also to the more complex and advanced technical environment. The ever-growing number of technology related threats to civil society organisations and Human Rights Defenders create a constant and urgent need to stay updated. As the impact of cyber-attacks can be devastating for both individuals and organisations, the importance of sharing information and expertise is crucial.

Panellists

Wojtek Bogusz, Information Systems Security Coordinator, Frontline Defenders

Brett Solomon, Executive Director, Access Now

Marcin de Kaminski, Policy specialist Freedom of Expression/ICT, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida

Sanne Stevens, Expression and Engagement Programme Officer, Hivos people unlimited

Ali Karimzadeh Bangi, Co-Director, ASL19

15.00–15.30 Coffee break

15.30–16.30 Unconference 1 – Locations: Mässhallen, Fogelström, Riddarsalen, Entresolen (the balcony)

At the Unconference, the participants provide the content. Unconference sessions will be selected through a pitching and voting procedure online. Parallel sessions will be held in separate venues during Unconference 1.

16.30–17.00 Mingle, relocating

17.00–18.00 Unconference 2 – Locations: Mässhallen, Fogelström, Riddarsalen, Entresolen (the balcony)

At the Unconference, the participants provide the content. Unconference sessions will be selected through a pitching and voting procedure online. Parallel sessions will be held in separate venues during Unconference 2.

18.00–21.00 Dinner at Münchenbryggeriet

22 October

09.00–10.15 Main session 2 – Location: Mässhallen

All of the internet for all of the people

The second day of SIF will open with a cross-cutting panel, exploring the synergies between ICT communities and human rights movements.

Access to the Internet does not only include technical aspects and solutions. There are also rights and policy based dimensions that need to be addressed. This session targets the challenges of connecting ICT related discussions with the diverse human rights communities. Pinpointing the common denominators, but also joint struggles, the panel will translate tech speak to human speak and add a bit of policy discussions to the mix – exploring connections between smaller expert NGO:s and large multilateral bodies and private sector collaborations.

What can the ICT and policy communities learn from the long time work of rights based organizations? Where does Internet governance intersect with governance related issues within other sectors? How do we best navigate our shared challenges, establishing an Internet that is truly open, free and secure for all?

Panellists

Neil Blazevic, Manager – ICT & Human Rights Defenders Programme, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, EHAHRDP

Geetanjali Misra, Executive Director, CREA

Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO

Judith Lichtenberg, Executive Director, Global Network Initiative, GNI

Alexandrine Pirlot De Corbion, Advocacy Officer, Privacy International

10.15–10.45 Coffee break

10.45–12.00 Parallel session 2.1 Location: Mässhallen

Gender-based violence online

This panel aims to explore how gender-based violence online affects the participation of women and WHRD in online spaces, and what counter-strategies are being developed.

The social and cultural limitation of online spaces is an issue that is being acknowledged across the world. Women in general and WHRD in particular, are facing severe challenges when it comes to public participation and claiming their rights in digital communities. As the online and offline environments are fundamentally intertwined, gender-based power structures have real-world implications regardless of platform. Threats online also translate into threats and violence offline, both in public and private spaces – having a devastating impact on the ability / possibilities of women, girls and other marginalised groups to access, create and share content without being targeted by gender-based violence online.

What can be done to better understand the culture of sexism and the presence of gender-based violence online? How is content related to gender and sexuality specifically targeted for (self-) regulation? How can women’s and girl’s rights in online communities be protected?

Panellists

Dr Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary for the Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation, Sweden

Nighat Dad, Director, Digital Rights Foundation

Jan Moolman, Women’s Rights Programme project coordinator, Association for Progressive Communications, APC

Liza Garcia, Foundation for Media

10.45–12.00 Parallel session 2.2 – Location: Fågelström

Think and Re-think action – women’s economic empowerment and ICT

This session will focus on women’s economic empowerment, relationship to a broader development in the society and what role technology plays.

Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. But they also remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation. Gender discrimination means women often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, and constitute a small minority of those in senior positions. It curtails access to economic assets such as land and loans. It limits participation in shaping economic and social policies. And, because women perform the bulk of household work, they often have little time left to pursue economic opportunities. Gender equality was originally pushed by women for women. At the same time in the context of urbanisation, education, connectivity, more men has stand up in addressing inequalities between men and women. What efforts can be made to effectively leverage more positive roles of men and boys for gender equality at scale?

What are the evidences for gender equality contributes to advancing economies and sustainable development? How could ICT be a trigger for women’s economic empowerment? What role can or should the men play in order to achieve gender equality?

Panellists

Barbara Birungi, Hive Colab

Chisenga Muyoya, Co-founder, Asikana Network

Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief at ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD

10.45–12.00 Parallel session 2.3 – Location: Riddarsalen

Is a little internet better than nothing at all?

High costs of access and slow (or no) connection is the reality for most people today. This session will draw lessons from recent research and practice and will explore viable ways to ensure a more affordable, open, free, and neutral Internet.

Despite recent growth in mobile user subscriptions and internet use, affordability is still a major barrier to demand and use. Internet was (and to some extent is) imagined as a decentralised, participatory sharing platform. Yet, access to the Internet is controlled, often by privately-owned mobile networks. Are there business models that can create a more free, open and neutral Internet access?

The discussion will circle around affordable access models: solutions that will bring down the cost for the end-user, solutions that will be for all. Zero-rating, which refers to the practice of offering free access to certain online content/services, is by some hailed as one such solution, while others mean it is a threat to net-neutralilty.

What does the current research and practice tell us? How do people access the internet today? Are some models more equal than others?  How should governments respond to these emerging models? Do certain access models discriminate segments of the people? If so, how can this be addressed?

Panellists

Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Manager, Alliance for Affordable Internet, A4AI

Jonathan Donner, Senior Director, Caribou Digital

Alison Gillwald, Executive Director, Research ICT Africa

Geraldine de Bastion, Fellow, stiftung neue verantwortung, snv

12.00–13.30 Lunch/mingle

13.30–13.45 Keynote Speech – Location: Mässhallen

Frank La Rue, Executive Director, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe

13.45–15.00 Wrap-up session – Location: Mässhallen

This session will focus on summing up knowledge and experiences shared at SIF15 as well as mapping the road ahead – identifying constrains and opportunities for equal access and Internet freedom in the strive for global development.

Panellists

Dorothy Okello, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)

Dorothea Klein, ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London

Renata Avila, Web Fundation