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SXSW Interactive 2016

Embedding Human Rights in the Internet

The internet is an incredible resource and tool for human rights activists worldwide. Yet the open internet needs engaged technologists, developers, designers, and engineers to ensure the advancement of freedom of expression and privacy remain embedded at all of its layers – from core protocols to applications and services. In this session, we will address how technical protocol standards can be used to build human rights into the core structure of the internet, how applications can be built on top of this foundation, and how activists are using these tools to advance their cause.

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  1. How can the internet support human rights at the protocol and standards level?
  2. How can internet applications and services be built to advance human rights?
  3. What internet tools can advocates and activists use to advance their causes?



Brian Wesolowski, Chief of Staff, Center for Democracy & Technology

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