Digital Rights Activism: Defining and Defying the Boundaries

  • האוניברסיטה העברית הר הצופים, מועדון מאירסדורף חדר 501 הר הצופים, ירושלים

  • 10/06/2018 8:45 - 18:00

  • עלות האירוע: הכניסה חופשית, נדרשת הרשמה

Digital Rights Activism: Defining and Defying the Boundaries

The digital era has expanded the boundaries and meanings of basic human rights such as the right to information, freedom of expression and the right to privacy. These changes have triggered constant deliberations between various national and international stakeholders – national governments, global internet corporations, international entities, civil society organizations and citizens – over what should be the scope of these rights. While governments and internet corporations often engage in activities that limit or infringe upon these rights, civil society organizations and citizens (digital rights advocates) aim to defend and protect these rights against such restrictions and violations. In their work, digital rights advocates operate in two parallel tracks: on the one hand, they confront governments and internet corporations in the constitutional, political, and judicial arenas by promoting legislative initiatives and bringing lawsuits aimed at defending or expanding digital rights. In the mediated public sphere, on the other hand, the organizations promote their agenda by influencing public opinion and by instructing citizens on how to stand up for their rights online. These debates between digital rights advocates and other social actors, occur at the international level as well as the regional and national levels. This conference will explore these debates while focusing on three different rights.

The conference will include representatives from civil society organizations, government, academia and the business sector

Time table Program
08:45 – 9:00 Gathering
9:00 – 9:30 Greetings and opening remarks

Adv. Yoram Hacohen – CEO, Israel Internet Association
Prof. Yuval Shany – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

09:30 – 10:00 Keynote Speaker:  Digital Rights Activism – Broadening the Definitions and the Boundaries

Dr. Efrat Daskal – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Northwestern University

10:15 – 11:45 Collective Action and Narratives of Truth


  • Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler – The Israel Democracy Institute
  • Mr. Raviv Tal – CEO, Vigo
    Dr. Anat Ben David – The Open University of Israel
  • Karine Nahon – Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and President of the Israel Internet Association
    Prof. Karine Nahon CV
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:30 Privacy Activism: How to Combat Privacy Violations

Chair: >Dr. Nili Steinfeld – Head of the Digital Track, School of Communications, Ariel University
Dr. Nili Steinfeld

  • Adv. Orly Freedman Marton – Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft
    Adv. Orly Freedman Marton
  • Mr. Mike Morel – Campaigns Manager at Open Rights Group
    Mr. Mike Morel
  • Ms. Ilana Ullman – Policy & Communications Analyst at Ranking Digital Rights
    Ms. Ilana Ullman
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 It’s time to forget: Metadata & digital memory


  • Adv. Sharon Azaria – The Privacy Protection Authority
  • Ms. Orna Heilinger – Head of the Internet Safety Center, Israel Internet Association
    Ms. Orna Heilinger
  • Ms. Paula KielMs. Paula Kiel – London School of Economics and Political Science
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
17:00 – 17:30 Concluding remarks
18:00 Reception
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