Internet rights advocacy has become a truly global field because of the many advocates and Internet users who believe that our rights to freedom of expression and privacy must be upheld online. While advocates are learning how to coordinate and collaborate across both geographic and occupational lines, the dynamics of international collaboration are far from perfect. There are fewer representatives from countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East participating in this international conversation, an issue that often leads to a misunderstanding of policy challenges in these parts of the world. And collaborations between tech experts, lawyers, and activists could be much greater.
How do these imbalances skew our perspectives on policy and advocacy work? How can we build diverse networks that work across these lines in ways that help us better understand and tackle problems faced from issue to issue, country to country?
In this discussion session, two representatives from Global Voices will invite civil society advocates from a range of regions to discuss these challenges and consider how networks like the Best Bits coalition, the Web We Want initiative, and Global Voices itself, can help to strengthen ties between different groups and work to achieve a stronger balance of voices and viewpoints within the international Internet rights conversation and movement.