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Wednesday, December 7 • 09:00 - 10:30
WS96: Free Expression & Extremism: An Internet Governance Challenge

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The tension between freedom expression and the need to take action against extremist content is one of the most important internet governance challenges we face today. 

It is a classic example of the offline and online worlds colliding and is tied directly to Sustainable Development Goals 1, 4, 8 and 16.

Since violent and terror-inducing groups have started to use social media and video-sharing services to recruit and expand, a need has arisen to regulate social media content without infringing on the rights of users or violating established user agreements. This need for a delicate balance creates a variety of issues and questions.

• What is the right policy to deal with this serious issue? 
• How much should companies voluntarily cooperate with the government to keep violent propaganda off their platforms and identify suspicious users? 
• What can be done to control and combat propaganda that is spread via social media?
• How do you balance the right to expression with the need to stop extremist content?

After a brief overview from the moderator, the room will divide into 4 breakout groups to address one of the questions above. Each group will have a discussion facilitator to help move the discussions along and we will ensure that each group has proportional representation from across the multistakeholder community.

After discussion and deliberations, findings from the groups will be presented with an eye towards building a document that proposes recommendations going forward on how to address this critical issue.

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Elrafihi, Mohamed
Miller, Carl
Ramadan, Omar


Session Organizers
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Carl Miller

Research Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos
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Jim Prendergast

President, The Galway Strategy Group
Jim provides business strategy and public affairs counsel to corporate clients. As part of his work he is an active participant the policy making process of ICANN as well as in the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum which discusses and debates various internet governance issues that impact any organization that uses the internet, including you.
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Jonathan Russell

Head of Policy, Quilliam
At Quilliam we research radicalisation, extremism, terrorism and how best to counter these phenomena. We advise governments on the best strategies to do this. And we develop programmes to empower civil society to counter extremism, particularly through education and communications. Recent programmes I have led include Families Against Terrorism and Extremism (FATE) and Extremely Together: A Kofi Annan Foundation Initiative to Empower Youth... Read More →


Wednesday December 7, 2016 09:00 - 10:30
Workshop Room 4 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

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