Panel Discussion- The Darker Side of Digital: Human Rights Implications of Technology in Canada and Abroad

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 18:00
78 Queen's Park, Jackman Law Building, Room J250

Date:             Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00pm

Location:      University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program
                      Jackman Law Building | 78 Queen’s Park Cres | Room J250

Registration Required: - through Eventbrite

Please see the Save the Date Poster (pdf)

Moderator: Stephen Northfield: Digital Director, Human Rights Watch, Twitter: @snorthfield45

  • Lisa Austin: Professor, Chair in Law and Technology, Faculty of Law, U of T, Twitter: @Lisa_M_Austin

  • Lex Gill: Research Fellow, The Citizen Lab;  and Advocate, National Security Program, CCLA, Twitter: @lex_is 

  • Felix Horne: Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa, Human Rights Watch, Twitter: @FelixHorne1

Rapid advances in technology offer human rights activists’ tremendous opportunities. We can now collect new, and richer data than ever before; gather information in dangerous or hard-to-access places and have greater capacity to project our findings and influence key decision makers and media.

But there’s a darker side to the technology revolution.
Commercial spyware and malware tools are being used to track and disrupt the activities of human rights defenders. Privacy is under assault by governments who gather massive amounts of metadata on their citizens – and those in other countries. Technology is being used by some to spread toxic ideologies, disrupt democracy and distort the truth.
Please join us for a panel of experts to discuss human rights implications in Canada and abroad.