Parallel Session 1: Defending Civic Spaces in the Digital Age

Parallel Session 1: Defending Civic Spaces in the Digital Age

The Internet is an essential tool for many human rights defenders, enabling them to manifest their legitimate interests, seek relevant information and achieve political participation. However, civil society in many countries are increasingly placed under pressure, with some governments leveraging digital technology to close civil society spaces, such as through the use of legislation on censorship and surveillance which disproportionately impact human rights defenders. This session will address the challenge of combatting sophisticated methods of closing online civil society spaces, and will explore ways in which businesses, governments and civil society can work together to ensure civil society can exercise their human rights online.