Rebecca MacKinnon: We can fight terror without sacrificing our rights
Rebecca MacKinnon - Internet freedom activist
Rebecca MacKinnon looks at issues of free expression, governance and democracy (or lack of) in the digital networks, platforms and services on which we are all more and more dependent. Full bio
at the center of life
without destroying democracies,
working with journalists,
all around the world,
do not double down
are much more likely to persist.
on this a little bit.
on the frontlines of this issue
to come out of the Arab Spring
with serious terror attacks
are calling on their government
with this character who says,
about democracy and liberty.
not only for their region,
journalists and activists
from extremist groups on the one hand,
and journalists being jailed,
with the West in the war on terror.
with threatening state security,
has been jailed and flogged
the Saudi regime on his blog.
for Reporters Without Borders,
with spreading terrorist propaganda,
have been supporting Kurdish media.
quickly turn into state repression
for minority communities
by a robust, independent local media.
with Silicon Valley and with Hollywood
of millions of dollars --
spreading all over the internet,
Units are being set up,
on extremist content that they find
monitoring and censorship
the most credible voices,
and alternative solutions
problems in their community
to extremism in the first place,
by their own governments.
in freedom across the world.
the 10th straight year in a row
because of the actions
down on dissenters,
Ban Ki-Moon has warned
human rights go hand-in-hand."
shouldn't keep us safe --
civil society in some countries.
and community activists
slaughtered by extremists
have been assassinated
out of ISIS-controlled territory.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently
to send out their reports
from interception and surveillance.
like the United States,
and many other democracies
of citizens to use strong encryption.
and investigative journalism
and terrorists --
ways to communicate.
that are standing up
spreading all over the internet.
are among the many companies
of thousands of pieces of content
to the extremist's speech.
mechanisms are a complete black box,
of ISIS on Twitter.
with a prominent ISIS leader.
the name of an Egyptian goddess,
and is a computer programmer,
about her deactivation on Facebook,
to have her account reinstated.
she had to get media attention.
for Radio France International,
from his Facebook account
deactivated for several days,
pictures of ISIS flags,
like this Egyptian man,
in Washington DC
with extremists --
arguing with ISIS followers,
with these extremists get deleted,
of shielding them
even knows the extent
activism and public debate
to stamp out extremist speech.
power over the public discourse,
that we're clearly seeing.
about their enforcement mechanisms,
appeal and grievance mechanisms,
their content reinstated.
for the last 10 minutes
are making it more difficult
of the citizen media network,
right after the Arab Spring,
of the people in Global Voices
during the Arab Spring.
served as key information nodes
and Egyptian revolution.
that these people not only survive,
of fear and oppression
and across borders.
to push our governments and companies
of protecting their rights.
consumer and business choices
isn't going to be enough.
responsibility by joining --
of individuals and groups
we can overcome
of extremism, demagoguery and hate.
beefing up the global networks
who are working hard every day,
peaceful, just, open and free.
About the speaker:Rebecca MacKinnon - Internet freedom activist
Rebecca MacKinnon looks at issues of free expression, governance and democracy (or lack of) in the digital networks, platforms and services on which we are all more and more dependent.
Why you should listen
MacKinnon is the director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America, which recently released its inaugural Corporate Accountability Index, ranking 16 Internet and telecommunications companies on their commitments, policies and practices affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy. (An expanded Index will be released in 2017.) She is the author of Consent of the Networked, a book investigating the future of liberty in the Internet age, and has been engaging in the debate about how to fight global terrorism while keeping a free and open Internet. A former head of CNN’s Beijing and Tokyo bureaus, MacKinnon is an expert on Chinese Internet censorship and is one of the founders (with Ethan Zuckerman) of the Global Voices Online blog network.
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