Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Shaping the Future of Global Digital Democracy through Localized Approaches
Thursday, July 29
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT
Gideon Sarpong, Policy Analyst and Media Practitioner, Ghana
Meri Baghdasaryan, Human Rights Attorney, Armenia
Catherine Muya, Lawyer and Policy Officer, Kenya
Paola Gálvez, Digital Strategy Consultant and Professor, Peru
Daniel O’Maley, Deputy Editor and Digital Policy Specialist, CIMA
With over half of the world’s population now online, the digital space is truly global. However, threats to social, economic, and political freedoms online transpire in diverse ways across local contexts. The survival of democracy in this digital era therefore requires localized and coordinated efforts led by democratic and economic reformers to defend digital rights. Connecting these local initiatives with global digital rights networks can help further amplify such efforts. But advocates still face many obstacles to collaborative multi-stakeholder engagement, such as lack of funding or access to key decision-makers.
On Thursday, July 29, four of the 2020-2021 Open Internet for Democracy Leaders will discuss their recent digital rights research and advocacy projects. They will offer insights into the strategies and approaches that worked well. They will also offer recommendations for how the global digital rights community can better support local initiatives to ensure the internet remains a vital tool for democratic engagement moving forward.
To RSVP and receive call in details, please register here by Wednesday, July 28.