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SXSW Interactive 2015

We Take It for Granted: Defending All Human Rights

When we log onto the Internet most of us take for granted the right we have to write and say whatever we want. We take for granted the right to find out the information we are looking for. We take our security for granted, the right to associate with the people we want, the right to be secure in our digital possessions. While we take these freedoms as given, many of them are coming under threat from state, private, vigilante, and commercial actors. From bulk surveillance to Network Neutrality to DDoS-as-censorship, bloggers, activists, journalists, free thinkers, and everyday web surfers around the world are being censored and taken offline just because the guy with the bigger stick doesn’t agree with their point-of-view. The Internet was built for all of us, not just the powerful, but like with any resource people will try to take advantage of it for personal gain.

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  1. What are the four most important basic human rights which should be extended universally to the global internet?
  2. How do we expand and preserve important rights both domestically and in low freedom index countries?
  3. What is the appropriate balance among freedom of expression, privacy, security, trust, and surveillance, and how do we measure that balance?
  4. How do we set the right incentives to ensure corporate actors behave in a responsible manner while pursuing their commercial objectives?
  5. What can you do today to get involved?


  • Kenneth Carter, Counsel, CloudFlare, Inc.
  • Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist, ACLU
  • Ebele Okobi, Global Head & Senior Legal Director, Human Rights, Yahoo!
  • Ronald Deibert, Director, The Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, The Citizen Lab


Kenneth Carter, Counsel, CloudFlare, Inc.

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  • Tags: policy
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Policy and Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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