Proposal

APrIGF 2022 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Mr. Santosh Sigdel
Email
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Digital Rights Nepal
Designation
Chairperson
Gender
Male
Economy of Residence
Nepal
Primary Stakeholder Group
Civil Society
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Digital Resiliency of Civil Society in the context of shrinking Civic Space
Session Format
Panel Discussion
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Specific Issues for Discussion
Civil societies rely heavily on tech platforms and the internet to conduct their activities, and the adoption has increased significantly along with CoVID19 pandemic. Civil societies especially in the south asian region were slow to adopt digitalization and digital platforms. Recent trends around the globe show that the apps and services that make up the digital space are now being weaponized by governments and big tech to monitor and disrupt civil society activities, silence journalists and whistleblowers, manipulate public opinion, and oppress citizens ultimately shrinking the role and influence of civil society.Thus, it is high time that civil societies invest in digital security mechanisms to develop digital resiliency for protecting themselves and maintaining and widening civic space.

In such a context, the discussion will seek to unpack and hone in on:
- Common operational challenges including trend and source of threat that CSOs face from censorship to surveillance in an already shrinking civic space;
- Technical support CSOs have been getting ( if any) from government and international organizations, local networking among CSOs on navigating digital risk
management and data security;
- Exploring trend on how CSOs in the Asia Pacific region addressing the issues, including the best practices; and
- Explore opportunities of digital resiliency, digital capacity and collaboration among civil society organization in the Asia Pacific region
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
The discussion will play a role in bringing forth the issue of shrinking digital space in public attention. It will also contribute to knowledge exchange and fostering mutual learning among diverse stakeholders by providing an opportunity to share experiences as well as discuss initiatives reflecting good practices and solutions for promoting digital resiliency and capacity of civil society.

This year’s APrIGF overarching theme is inclusion, sustainability and trust within these themes APrLGF had encouraged proposals on key issues including surveillance, content moderation & censorship, capacity building and Digital rights / Human rights . The discussion will be particularly related to the surveillance, content moderation & censorship of CSOs activities where solutions to building digital capacity and resiliency of CSOs will be explored. Hence, thematic tracks and issues as recommended by APrIGF will be addressed and covered during the session.
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
5 minutes The moderator will briefly outline the key issues and introduce the panelists.
15 minutes Moderator will put forward questions around trend, related issues and challenges of shrinking digital space to each panelists
15 minutes Moderator will facilitate second round of questions to each panelist
25 minutes Moderated Q & A with participants and panelist
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Santosh Sigdel
    • Organization: Digital Rights Nepal
    • Designation: Chairperson
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Nepal
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://digitalrightsnepal.org/santosh-sigdel-chairperson/
  • Moderator (Back-up)

    • Name: Rukamanee Maharjan
    • Organization: Digital Rights Nepal
    • Designation: Treasurer
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Nepal
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://digitalrightsnepal.org/rukamanee-maharjan-treasurer/
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Prasanth Sugathan
    • Organization: Software Freedom Law Center, India (SFLC.in)
    • Designation: Legal Director
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://sflc.in/users/prasanth
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Priscilla Kevin
    • Organization: PNG Digital ICT Cluster
    • Designation: Vice President and Founde
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Papua New Guinea
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://wsa-global.org/person/priscilla-kevin/
  • Speaker 3

    • Name: Marius Dragomir
    • Organization: Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS)
    • Designation: Director
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: United Kingdom
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://cmds.ceu.edu/people/marius-dragomir
  • Speaker 4

    • Name: Achia Nila
    • Organization: Women In Digital
    • Designation: CEO
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Bangladesh
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://bd.linkedin.com/in/achianila
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
Marius Dragomir is the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society. He previously worked for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) for over a decade. Since 2007, he has managed the research and policy portfolio of the Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ), formerly the Network Media Program (NMP), in London. He has also been one of the main editors for PIJ's flagship research and advocacy project, Mapping Digital Media, which covered 56 countries worldwide, and he was the main writer and editor of OSF’s Television Across Europe, a comparative study of broadcast policies in 20 European countries.

Priscilla Kevin has been a volunteer with the PNG Digital ICT Cluster since 2014 and founded the PNG Women in STEM Association in 2017 to encourage more women to take up these male-dominated fields. She also runs her own ICT consultancy firm In4net, specializing in enterprise resource planning, ICT advisory consulting and project management. Priscilla sits on the board of a variety of other organizations including her recent appointment to Bank of South Pacific Ltd Board of Directors 2020, the PNG Computer Society, Institute of National Affairs, Unitech Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) and former Pacific Internet Chapter ISO.

Prasanth Sugathan is a lawyer with years of practice in the fields of technology law, Intellectual property law, administrative law and constitutional law. He has appeared in many landmark cases before various Tribunals, High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. He has also deposed before Parliamentary Committees on issues related to Information Technology Act and Net Neutrality.

Achia Nila is the founder of Women In Digital - Empowerment through Technology. She graduated from United International University on Computer Science and engineering. Later on, she received her M.Sc on computer science and engineering from Daffodil International University.
She has served in some of the internationally recognized organizations such as Dell, Microsoft, HP, Epson, Colgate, HillsPet, J&J, HTC, HSBC, Vodafone, Sony, Unilever, Betfair and Nokia etc. As a local product she successfully launched Maya apa Mobile application. She specialises on IT product development (like, web, mobile app and game) and Product management, project management, team lead etc. Recently she has join as an international IT expert for International Telecommunication Union.

Aforementioned experience and expertise of speakers is relevant and fits the discussion.
Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2022.
No
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2022?
Yes
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