DCN Events

July 15. The Day After Covid-19 #digitaltroubleshooting

We have always hoped that our digital tools would create connections, not conflict and free spaces, not confinement. The pandemic re-emphasized the importance of truth telling, as a foundation of life and policy. Many sectors have been critically impacted by COVID-19, and some aspects need troubleshooting. Join us on this digital exploration journey that will aim to address challenges and opportunities where digital technologies can troubleshoot and generate progress in:

@democracy and social engagement
@truthseeking and disinformation
@privacy and surveillance

You can join us! We will go live on DCN's FB Page (http://bit.ly/2K3mgra) and on DCN's Youtube Channel (https://bit.ly/2Z7YiSW).

Schedule
9AM-1PM NEW YORK TIME (EST)

9:00 AM | OPENING REMARKS

9:30-10:30 | SECTION: DEMOCRACY & SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT ALARM
Moderated by Professor Nikos Panagiotou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

In this session, we will discuss how COVID-19 led to a global decline in democracy, and how emerging digital technologies have impacted social and democratic movements. Participants
represent countries with different political situations and experiences of social protest. The panel will also touch on the impact of COVID-19 on civil society and organizations.

9:30-9:45 | Keynote Speaker
● Edward Lucas, Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), U.S.

9:45-10:30 | Panel Discussion
●Teffera Teffera, Journalist, Ethiopia
● Stefan Turkheimer, Political consultant, U.S.
● Alexey Minyaylo, Activist and former political prisoner, Russia
● Farai Monro, Satirist TV Host, Zimbabwe
● Franak Viacorka, Journalist and activist, Belarus
● Ahmed Samih, Director, Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies, Cairo, Egypt
● Prof. Christos Frangonikolopoulos, Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece

10:30-11:30 | TRUTH SEEKING & DISINFORMATION ALARM
Moderated by Franak Viacorka, Digital Communication Network

In this section, we will discuss the most recent trends in propaganda and misinformation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts from different sectors and countries will address Chinese, Russian as well as domestic disinformation, and the most efficient ways to tackle the issue.

10:30-10:45 | Keynote Speaker
● Bob Pearson, Global Engagement Center Consultant, U.S

10:45-11:30 | Panel discussion
● Maksym Eristavi, Research Fellow, Atlantic Council Eurasia Center, U.S.
● Cynthia Harvey, Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy Athens, Greece
● Jakub Janda, Director, European Values Center for Security Policy, Czech Republic
● Cristina Tardáguila, Associate Director, International Fact Checking Network, Poynter Institute, U.S.
● Nikos Panagiotou, Head, Digital Communication Network South East Europe, Greece
● Chico Mares, Journalist, Agencia Lupa, Brazil

11:30-12:30 | PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE ALARM
Moderated by Lukasz Krol, College of Europe, Poland

In this section, we will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on digital rights. While states worldwide are fighting the pandemic, including using surveillance technology, some have restricted fundamental human rights, including freedom of communication and movement. Experts from around the world will address how different actors are using technology to gather personal data and track citizens.

11:30-11:45 | Keynote Speaker
● Konstantinos Halkiotis, Vice President, Deutsche Telecom 5G, Germany

11:45-12:30 | Panel discussion
● Gabrielle Guillemin, Senior Legal Officer, Article19, United Kingdom
● Arzu Geybulla, Columnist, Blogger, Journalist, Azerbaijan
● Marc Vrijhof, Chairman, European Association of Data Protection Professionals, Netherlands
● Sarkis Darbinyan, RosKomSvoboda, Russia

12:30 - 13:00 Closing by moderators

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