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Sunday, December 3 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Beyond Names and Numbers: Who Gets Left Behind With the Digitization of Citizenship?

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The advent of national ID systems and the increasingly essential role of social media platforms in public life have created a world in whichhuman beings are regularly asked to prove the legitimacy of theirexistence in a digital format.

In order to speak, live and have access to basic rights and resources,we must comply with certain technical and regulatory standards, such as biometric data requirements set by governments, and ID requirements setby private platforms like Facebook. 

What does this mean for participation and citizenship, and what are the costs of exclusion? Are there better ways for users to control their own data and feel empowered, without the harms of centralization, predictive policing, and discrimination by inference?

Speakers will include Malavika Jayaram, Zara Rahman and Marwa Fatafta.

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Ellery Biddle

Advocacy Director, Global Voices
I'm the advocacy director at Global Voices. My job is to support our community in reporting on threats to online speech, sharing tactics for defending the work and words of netizens, and promoting efforts to improve Internet policy and practice worldwide in the interest of human rights... Read More →


Zara Rahman

Author, Global Voices
Zara is a feminist, writer and information activist, living in Berlin, Germany.

Sunday December 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm GMT+0530
Main Stage TRACE Expert City