Parallel session 2C

The global shut down epidemic – From rights, tech and economic perspective

We have been noticing a massive increase in Internet and/or network shutdowns and disruptions, often in some of the world’s most poor or unfree countries. The reasons can shift, but the results are very similar.

Continuing the discussion from this year’s RightsCon and the #KeepItOn summit we can see that the solution needs to be focused on interventions based on a multi stakeholder focused approach. Aiming for an inclusive analysis both in relation to freedom of expression and economic development, the panel will exemplify the real-life effects of network shutdowns and share tips and tricks on how to advocate for a free and open internet to all – all the time and everywhere.


Lucie Krahulcova (moderator) Policy associate at Access Now

Brett Solomon – Co-founder and Executive Director of Access Now

Patrik Hiselius – Senior Advisor Digital Rights, Telia Company

Japreet Gewal –  Policy Researcher at Centre for Internet and Society

Juliet Nanfuka – Media and communication officer at CIPESA

FOC representative – TBA

Twitter: #SIF17 together with #SIF2C

Location: Riddarsalen