Track 01 – Re-imagining the digital public sphere
Fuelled by war on terrorism, the fake news debate and the fight against infringing content, there is an increasing stream of legislative proposals across Europe and the globe that invade online privacy and limit digital free speech in the name of law enforcement.
The currently discussed EU Copyright Directive includes a requirement for major online services to install upload filters that monitors everything for possible copyright infringement in order to avoid liability. In the UK content take-downs with the aim of hindering the spreading of terrorist content are becoming the norm. Across the continent hate speech and fake news are leading or have led to content blocking & removal legislation.
- Glyn Moody, Writer, journalist, blogger
- Anni Hellmann, Unit I4, DG CNECT at the European Commission
- Slavka Bielikova, Open Rights Group
- Melody Patry, Access Now
- Dimitar Dimitrov, EU Policy Director at Wikimedia