|APrIGF 2023 Session Proposal Submission Form|
|Part 1 - Lead Organizer|
|Kyung Sin Park|
|Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *|
|Open Net/ Korea University|
|Executive Director/ Professor|
|Economy of Residence|
|Primary Stakeholder Group|
|Part 2 - Session Proposal|
|Content moderation policy advancing technology for democracy|
|Where do you plan to organize your session?|
|Online only (with onsite facilitator who will help with questions or comments from the floor)|
|Specific Issues for Discussion|
|Online administrative censorship is on the rise in Southeast Asia. Malaysia, Viet Nam, Thailand, and Indonesia implemented mandatory “notice-and-takedown” systems where criminal/civil liability are imposed on intermediaries for failure to take down or block websites when government agencies make the requests. We would like to discuss how we can work with ISPs and techs to push back on censorship orders not complying with international human rights standards, e.g., what arguments we can present to them, what procedures we can establish in providing feedbacks on the requests.
At the same time, social media trolls, often aligned with the ruling elites , are attacking vulnerable groups to shrink the latter’s freedom of speech, making it difficult to achieve substantive democracy. We would like to discuss how we can work with the social media platforms in moderating these harmful contents to promote democracy. Ordinary international human rights definitions of "hate speech" are not sufficient to protect human rights defenders and other vulnerable groups as invidious postings forcefully revealing and defaming HRDs can come in various formats. Civil society and big techs need to discuss more openly to develop effective moderation standards.
Finally, Asian governments are coming up with various surveillance enablers such as data retention, data localization, identity verification, and warrantless access which can be used by the regimes to identify, investigate, and persecute human rights defenders. Most recently, Viet Nam has announced mandatory social media identity verification, a measure that was struck down as unconstitutional long ago in South Korea (2012). Civil society and big techs need to form an alliance to discuss principles and protocols in complying with and pushing back on some of these measures.
|Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF|
|The following outcomes will strengthen the TRUST of the internet for human civilization.
(1) Develop human rights based principles and protocols and effective arguments that will inform the discussion with techs and ISPs.
(2) Develop human rights based principles and protocols on hate speech and other harmful speech that will inform the discussion with techs and ISPs on social media trolls attacking vulnerable groups.
(3) Strategize on how civil society can work together with techs and ISPs on specific censorship orders, e.g., transparency initiatives and lawsuits, and specific harmful speech, e.g., hotlines
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|Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.|
|All of them are regional experts in the relevant issues stated above.|
|Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2023.|
|Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2023?|
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