APrIGF 2024 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Grace Huang
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Judicial Reform Foundation
Director of Global Justice & Digital Freedom
Economy of Residence
Primary Stakeholder Group
Civil Society
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Digital Bill of Rights: Distilling Enduring Principles Towards Free and Safe Internet
Session Format
Workshop (60 minutes)
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
“We, the People” Indeed, in combating digital authoritarianism and to enable the civil society to flourish in an ever surveilled and censored Brave New World, it is impetus to refocus on the fundamentals and begin with “rights.”

What is in dire need is something like the Bill of Rights. An impactful and comprehensive inventory of rights that the people innately enjoys that is undeprivable and unalienable by the States. This “Digital Bill of Rights,” as we like to call it, is a systematic, fundamental, and preventive initiative against digital authoritarianism. With this Digital Bill of Rights drafted, shared widely nationally and internationally, and ultimately codified at home and abroad we begin the critical effort to engineer the legal structure more towards free internet for the people, by the people, and of the people.

Digital Bill of Rights would serve as an essential foundation for future generations. The people living in digital age cannot be fully protected by laws written more than a hundred years ago. Yet this is exactly what every day people are facing, with authoritarianisms taking advantage of emerging technologies, omnipresent surveillance devices, and now even AI, enabling “digital authoritarianism on steroid,” we need to articulate and list of freedoms and rights of the people and enshrine them right now.

We, Judicial Reform Foundation (JRF), works to initiate and facilitate the global collaborative effort in engraving the Digital Rights of the people into the rule of law. JRF’s Digital Lawyers Network has begun its effort in drafting of the Initial Version of the Digital Bill of Rights, and this Workshop critical starting point for the national draft to transcend into an enduring international movement. The workshop participants are invited to brainstorm and articulate the legal rights of the people and through deepen exchange of ideas an Advanced Version of the Digital Bill of Rights will be collaboratively developed.
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
This workshop is fundamentally constructive in fostering the discussion of Track 1 & 3 (Security & Trust; Governance of Emerging Technologies). Since there seem to be a myriad if not innumerable complex challenges revolving the safe and trust-worthy internet (challenges including cybersecurity risks, privacy, information integrity, online safety, child protection etc), what is in need is to distill the enduring principles and values and construct from the bottom-up. In this workshop, we begin by clarifying the risk-models, fortifying shared values, and producing a list of articulated rights that should be enshrined and protected by the rule of law.

We will lead the discussion by first showcasing our Initial Version of the Digital Bill of Rights. This Initial Version is collaboratively drafted by JRF’s Digital Lawyers Network comprising of exceptional attorneys quipped with White-Hat-Hacking skills and master degree in electronic engineering. This is a group of sophisticated lawyers who have been investing in defending digital rights for years now.

The workshop participants would therefore have a huge leg-up once the Initial Version is presented to them. They will therefore be able to quickly acquire a good foothold of the fundamentals and grasp the core value of enduring principles. With that elevated starting point, the participants are invited to reflect, refine, add-up to the list of rights in the Initial Version. With the benefit of breakup groups, participants will discuss in-depth about their ideas and especially the experience they accumulated through their multiple background in term of demographics, countries/cultural origin, and professional standing-points.

The outcome of this workshop is two-folded. Collectively, an Advanced Version informed by the multi-stakeholders will be developed; individually, the participants will have the unique experience in distilling fundamental values with fellows of very different background.
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 Opening Remarks: Intro to the theme; Overview of the agenda; Setting tone
10 Group Warm-up: Ice Breaking; Self-introduction of group members
15 Build up Foundations for Group Discussion: An overview to the Digital Bill of Rights (Initial version)
15 Group Discussion: Reflection/refinements/Additions to the Initial Version
10 Group Presentation: Each group to present their collective outcomes and remarkable individual ideas
5 Concluding Remarks
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Grace Huang
    • Organization: Judicial Reform Foundation
    • Designation: Director of Global Justice & Digital Freedom
    • Gender: gender-neutral
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Taiwan
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Name: Lingwei Li
    • Organization: Zenkuan Law Firm
    • Designation: Managing Attorney
    • Gender: non-binary
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Taiwan
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Szu-yu Chen
    • Organization: Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law
    • Designation: Senior Attorney
    • Gender: cis woman
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Taiwan
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Jackie Yang
    • Organization: Formosan Brothers
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Taiwan
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
Grace Huang is the designer and primary drive for the Digital Bill of Rights project. Her comprehensive grasp to the issue and the development of the JRF’s Digital Lawyers Network makes her an ideal primary moderator for the workshop.

Lingwei Lee is a renowned gender justice attorney in Taiwan. She is also deeply connected with the private sector at home and abroad via her practice and also as an active member of the Business Network International.

Szu-yu Chen is a Harvard graduated lawyer who provided legal advice to many tech companies, Big Tech included. She is therefore suited to contribute aspects and concerns from the industry side.

Jackie Yang is a Carnegie Mellon graduated engineer with lawyer’s license in Taiwan. Before Jackie’s recent career in law, she was engineer of multiple international tech companies. Her experience in technical community, private sector, and law makes her a perfect fit for being a speaker/facilitator for this workshop.
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