Podiumsdiskussion am 1. Juli 2014 in Bonn

Strengthening freedom of information worldwide

am Dienstag, 1. Juli 2014, Zeit: 11:30 Uhr 
im World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB)
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2
53113 Bonn

Digital technologies have enabled journalists around the world to deliver the news more directly and have established new ways to investigate stories. They are, however, also used to spy on supposedly private communications and suppress journalists, activists and bloggers. Many Western companies are complicit in human rights abuses by “Enemies of the Internet” such as Bahrain, Ethiopia and Syria, as they supply the tools necessary to implement intrusive spying. To date, Western governments have largely failed to restrict this cynical market.

This panel will discuss different vectors to strengthen human rights, such as freedom of information and freedom of expression, in the light of international law and the most recent decisions made by members of the Wassenaar Arrangement.


Hauke Gierow, Head of the Internet Freedom Desk at Reporters Without Borders Germany

Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Lecturer, Department for Political Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany

Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, India

Kenneth Page, Research Officer at Privacy International, United Kingdom

Matthias Spielkamp, Founding Partner of the iRights.Lab think tank, Germany

The panel discussion is hosted by Reporters Without Borders as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

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