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Norway cosponsors The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

Last updated: 24.02.2014 // Watch the live-streaming from the event on The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age, Monday 24 February 2014, Palais des Nations, room XXI.

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, on behalf of the Permanent Missions of Austria, Brazil, Germany, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, and Switzerland, is delighted to invite you to the expert seminar

The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age to be held on Monday, 24 February 2014, in Geneva.

Innovations in information communication technologies have increased the possibilities for free exchange and the unhindered exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information. At the same time, these innovations have increased the capacity of states and non-state actors to undertake surveillance, interception and data collection, which may violate or abuse human rights, in particular the right to privacy.

In view of these developments, the Permanent Missions of Austria, Brazil, Germany, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, and Switzerland are hosting the expert seminar

The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age to: examine the international human rights law framework, of the right to privacy, and identify challenges raised by modern communications technologies; foster understanding of how the right to privacy is implemented by governments, as well as addressed by the private sector and civil society; examine the extent to which domestic and extraterritorial surveillance may infringe on an individuals’ right to privacy; and identify ways forward to ensure the protection and promotion of the right to privacy.

Provisional Agenda
Monday 24 February

9.00 Welcoming Remarks
Prof. Andrew Clapham, Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

14.30 - 16.00 Panel III: IMPLEMENTATION AT NATIONAL LEVEL: GOOD PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED

9.15 Opening statement
Ms Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

9.30 – 11.15 Panel I: THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW FRAMEWORK
Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Prof. Martin Scheinin, European Institute Florence
Prof. Anne Peters, Max-Planck-Institute Heidelberg
Moderated by: Prof. Andrew Clapham, Geneva Academy

Discussion

11.25 – 13.00 Panel II: IMPLEMENTATION AT NATIONAL LEVEL: KEY CHALLENGES
Short presentation: Technical challenges to data protection and security (Ben Wagner, co-author of the Global Survey on Internet Privacy)

Giovanni Buttarelli, Data Protection Supervisor Europe (TBC)
Maximilian Schrems, Europe vs. Facebook
James Cockayne, United Nations University
Greg Nojeim, President and CEO, Centre for Democracy and Technology

Moderated by: Ben Wagner co-author of the Global Survey on Internet Privacy)

Discussion

13.00 – 14.30: Lunch break

Short Presentation: National Good Practices (Carly Nyst, Privacy International)

Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Sophie Kwansy, Head of the Data protection Unit, Council of Europe
Zhu Lijiang, China University of Political Science and Law
Jermyn Brooks, Global Network Initiative

Moderated by: Carly Nyst, Privacy International

o Discussion

16.00 - 17.30 Panel IV: EXTRATERRITORIALITY AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY

Cynthia Wong, Human Rights Watch
Marko Milanovic, University of Nottingham
José Augusto Lindgren Alves, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Prof. Anne Peters, Max-Planck-Institute Heidelberg

Moderated by: Prof. Clapham, Geneva Academy

o Discussion

17.30 – 18.00 Closing Session

Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression


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