Meet Hivos at RightsCon 2022

May 25, 2022

This year’s edition of RightsCon (June 6-10, 2022) once again brings together human rights defenders, government representatives, business leaders, technologists, and journalists from around the world to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and technology. Issues that are also high on Hivos’ Civic Rights in a Digital Age agenda.

We’re happy to announce we’re (co)organizing three sessions. We invite all registered participants to login and add Hivos’ sessions to your personalized schedule.

Session 1: Digital technologies and artistic expression in East Africa: reflections from R.O.O.M Project Panel

Wednesday, June 8: 12:30 to 13:30 am ET (18:30 to 19:30 pm CET)
Host: Hivos | Pollicy
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The session explores the experience of creatives in using digital technologies to produce and distribute content on human rights.

Session 2: Sunlight in Digital Technology – Tackling human rights & corruption risks in technology investments

Thursday June 9: 7:00 to 8:00 am ET (13:00 to 14:00 pm CET)
Host: Africa Freedom of Information Centre | Hivos | Tecnología y Comunidad (TEDIC)
Speakers: Ana Gabriel Zuninga, Gilbert Sendugwa, Eduardo Carrillo
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Governments around the world are undergoing a pervasive digital transformation. This offers potential for more open governance, and bears new challenges of digital exclusion, surveillance and misuse of public resources. Transparent, accountable procurement could be one important entry point for preventing corruption and human rights risks in digital public systems.

This interactive session will examine the state of transparency of public investments in digital systems, and discuss experiences opening up tech procurement processes (ex ante and ex post) in order to prevent human rights violations and corruption. It will explore opportunities for more joined-up and concerted civil society efforts to push for transparent, participatory technology investments. The session will feature short interventions from a diverse group of civil society experts from Latin America, Africa and Europe, and have a strong focus on inviting contributions from participants. As an immediate output we will prepare a short, advocacy-oriented summary document as a shared resource.

Session 3: How to include digital security in temporary relocation programs oriented at human rights defenders?

Friday, June 10: 19:00 to 20:00 CEST
Host: Digital Defenders Partnership | Calala Women Fund
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A diverse group of Temporary Relocation Programs (TRP) working in different regions and contexts will talk about incorporating a digital security perspective into their daily work.

– March Bermúdez Fong, Digital Defenders Partnership.
– Luciana Peri, Protect Defenders
– Maik Müller, Martin Roth Initiative
– Rodrigo Bueno, Shelter City – Fundación Acceso