Diversity & Inclusion Event Series: Digital Security Tools

Diversity & Inclusion Event Series: Digital Security Tools

A discussion of digital security tools available to protestors and journalists.

About this Event

Thu, December 3, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST


The Internet Law and Policy Foundry (ILPF) is excited to invite you to the second event in our Diversity and Inclusion Event Series, which explores how issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity intersect with the internet law and policy spaces.

From the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States to the Free Hong Kong movement to the current anti-government protests in Berlarus, the year 2020 has been marked by numerous citizen uprisings and movements around the world. During this virtual panel event, we will explore the evolution of digital tools that protestors and journalists use to stay safe, the advantages and disadvantages of these tools, and what role these tools will play in future protest movements.

Link to the event will be shared with registered guests prior to the event.

Tickets are free. Donation tickets are available as well – donate as much as you wish to help us grow.

Speakers and bios:

Moderator: Apratim Vidyarthi

Apratim Vidyarthi is a second-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania and an ILPF fellow. With an engineering background, Apratim has worked in systems engineering and cybersecurity, and intends to pursue surveillance, privacy, and speech issues after law school.

Panelist: Isedua Oribhabor

Isedua Oribhabor is Access Now’s U.S. Policy Analyst, and covers Business and Human Rights as it relates to the technology sector. She works to promote human rights in the digital age, focusing on the responsibility of the tech sector to respect human rights. She received her J.D. from Fordham Law School in New York City, as well as an LL.M. in International Business Law from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

Panelist: Laura O’Brien

Laura O’Brien is Access Now’s U.N. Advocacy Officer. Laura is interested in the pervasiveness of censorship – particularly of human rights defenders – in the digital realm. She joined Access Now after completing her LLM at Columbia Law School where she graduated with honors as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and with a Parker School Certificate of Achievement in International and Comparative Law.

Panelist: Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a Dalit rights activist based in the United States of America. She is also a transmedia storyteller, songwriter, hip hop musician and technologist. She is the Executive Director of Equality Labs, a South Asian progressive power-building organization that uses community research to fight caste apartheid and other forms of class discrimination. Thenmozhi graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.