Bread&Net

Bread&Net 2021: Towards a growing regional digital rights community

Bread&Net returned for the fourth time last week, from 23 to 26 November, welcoming around 1000 participants from 74 countries to take part in the regional discourse on digital rights and freedoms in the Arabic-speaking world. Over the course of four days, technologists, organizers, researchers, lawyers, and journalists brought forth their ideas, concerns, insights, and recommendations in …

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Privacy and Data Protection Law: Lessons from Covid-19 Patient-Tracing Apps [Bread&Net 2020 Session]

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session moderated by Accessnow’s Marwa Fatafta, Senior Legal Consultant Mohammad Moghabat, Joey Shia, and Etienne Manyier overview the laws pertaining to data protection in the Arab Speaking World and assess the privacy implications of these legal frameworks. According to Joey Shia, data protection laws in the Gulf are similar to the …

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Humanitarian chatbots: how can we “meet people where they are” while supporting digital rights?

A chatbot is an artificial intelligence feature that can be used in websites and different platforms like Facebook or Twitter and that simulates human conversation through voice commands, text or both. The first chatbots appeared in the 1960s and reemerged in 2015- 2016, when mobile phone devices made it easier for companies to see how …

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How to rebuild a digital society festival like re:publica resilient? [Bread&Net 2020 Session]

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session Andreas Gebhard,co-founder and CEO of re:public, a festival for the digital society that was forced to cancel a physical event with more than 1.000 guest speakers around the world because of the COVID’s pandemic. Gebhard explains how they had to change their plans and go online and the challenges they …

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Q&A: Corporate Accountability for Digital Rights in MENA [Bread&Net 2020 Session]

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session, the Tunisian research analyst at the Corporate Accountability Index Afef Abrougui and the Egyptian journalist Wafaa Heikal discuss Corporate Accountability of Telecommunication companies. Abrougui looks into how the policies and practices of telecommunication and technology companies affect digital rights in the region. The speakers also address how organizations in the …

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From a Notification to a Movement: Exploring a MENA Activism Toolbox [Bread&Net 2020 Session]

The session demystifies online transformation leadership in the civil society by introducing online tools and modules that can be used to understand a given context, organize activist and volunteer groups and bring new mediums to the advancement of civil rights causes in critical contexts; especially where access to the internet may be limited due to …

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Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism [Bread&Net 2020 Session]

In this session, Jillian C. York discusses her book “Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism,” while keeping in mind these two crucial questions: How do companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon threaten our democracy? And what happens to free speech under surveillance capitalism? The internet once promised to be a place …

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