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PrivacyNama Session: CyberBRICS Panel on Privacy legislations and their impact on Internet Openness; October 6 #Ad

We’re pleased to announce that PrivacyNama 2021 will host a session on the “Impact of privacy legislation on the openness of the Internet”, in partnership with the CyberBRICS project, and focusing on privacy legislation and the push for digital – and hence data – sovereignty, and the impact this has on the global nature of the Internet.

We’ll be in conversation with Alexa Lee, Alison Gillwald, Andrew Rens, Luca Beli and Udbhav Tiwari for their perspectives on China, South Africa, Brazil and India.

This session will be chaired by Vrinda Bhandari, Internet Freedom Foundation.

Session Details: Impact of privacy legislation on the openness of the Internet
Date: October 6, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:45 PM IST (9:45 – 11:00 AM BRT / 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM CET / 1:00 – 2:15 PM UTC)

Register to attend today, and block your calendars

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Speaker Profiles:

Alexa Lee, Information Technology Industry Council: Alexa Lee is a Senior Manager of Global Policy at the ITI Council focusing on trust and data innovation issues. Lee is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs focused on technology and cyber policy. Lee is also an Associate Editor of the New America/Stanford University DigiChina Initiative, where she contributes analysis on Chinese ICT policies. Lee also serves as co-chair for the IT Sector Coordinating Council’s Cyber Threat Working Group, working closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Alison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa: Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA), an African digital policy and regulatory think-tank that works across 20 African countries. She is also adjunct- professor at the University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance where she supervises doctoral students undertaking research in digital policy, regulation and data governance. She sits on the ITU Indicators Expert Group and is a UNESCO nominee to the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence. She is the deputy-chairperson of Giganet, the only international academic conference dedicated to internet governance. She is currently co-leading the Data Justice workstream of the Data Governance working group of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Andrew Rens, Research ICT Africa: Andrew Rens is a Senior Research Fellow at Research ICT Africa. Qualified as an attorney in South Africa Andrew was awarded a doctoral degree from Duke University for research on the use of Creative Commons licenses for educational materials. He has taught law at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Cape Town and Duke and has conducted research at American University in Washington and Stanford. His current research focuses on governance and regulation of emerging data intensive technologies of AI and the Internet of Things.

Dr. Luca Belli, Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School: Luca Belli, PhD, is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at FGV Law School in Brazil, where he coordinates the Centre for Technology and Society and heads the CyberBRICS project. Luca is also an associated researcher at the Centre de Droit Public ComparÈ of Paris University. He is a Member of the Board of the Alliance for Affordable Internet and serves as Director of the Latin American edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference.

Udbhav Tiwari, Mozilla: Udbhav Tiwari is a Public Policy Advisor for Mozilla, where he primarily focuses on data governance, content regulation and connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region. He is also a Non-Resident Scholar at Carnegie India. He was previously with the public policy team at Google and was a Program Manger at the Centre for Internet and Society in India. Udbhav was a Co-Rapporteur at the International Standards Organisation and participated actively at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineersí work on Ethically Aligned Design.

Vrinda Bhandari, Internet Freedom Foundation: Vrinda is a Rhodes Scholar, who graduated from the University of Oxford with a double Masters in Law and Public Policy, and received her undergraduate law degree from NLS Bangalore. She is a litigating lawyer in Delhi and Of-Counsel at Internet Freedom Foundation, and specialises in the field of digital rights, technology, and privacy. She has been a part of the Aadhaar challenge, a challenge to the constitutionality of the Intermediary Rules 2021, the surveillance framework in India, Pegasus, sedition, Aarogya Setu, and the restoration of internet in Jammu & Kashmir”

PrivacyNama 2021

October 6, IST

  • 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM – Opening keynote address
  • 05:00 PM to 06:15 PM – Bodies and Data Protection
  • 06:30 PM to 07:45 PM – CyberBRICS: Impact of privacy legislation on the openness of the Internet

October 7, IST 

  • 02:00 PM to 03:15 PM – Operationalisation of privacy legislation
  • 03:15 PM to 04:30 PM – Negotiating for adequacy: enabling cross border data flows
  • 04:45 PM to 06:00 PM – Chief Privacy Officer roundtable 

Registrations are open; apply to to attend, and block your calendars.

Our thought process behind this conference was to bring into the conversation, international and global perspectives on privacy legislation: what are the trends that we’re seeing in privacy regulations in the BRICS countries? What does it take to operationalise a privacy regulation as a Data Protection Officer, and what challenges do they face? How do global businesses adapt products and practices across territorial jurisdictions, and what challenges do they face? What are privacy regulations doing about protecting – especially in a COVID environment, data pertaining to bodies of individuals, with the growth in deployment of facial data, CCTVs being installed etc. How is privacy legislation impacting the openness of the Internet?

MediaNama’s other partners for this conference include the Centre for Internet and Society and Centre for Communication Governance (NLU Delhi)

This is an invite-only event, so don’t forget to apply to attend. Please feel free to suggest points of discussion and questions you think ought to be raised, in the application form.

MediaNama’s subscribers get priority access to our events and need not apply. You can subscribe here to support our work.

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  • Registration does not guarantee attendance. In case you fit our mandate for the intended audience, we’ll send you a confirmation before October 2, 2021.
  • Your contact information will never be shared with anyone outside of MediaNama.

*** Updated on October 2, 2021. Amended the line up of panelists. Originally published on September 28, 2021.

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