[IRPCoalition] The Internet Legislation Atlas at IGF 2016

Noha Fathy nofathy at gmail.com
Sat Dec 3 00:49:09 EET 2016


*Join iGmena and ARTICLE 19 at IGF 11 for a sneak peak of the ILA
indicators *

Hivos' Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa
program (iGmena
in collaboration with ARTICLE 19, cordially invite you
to attend a Day 0 session at the 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in
Guadalajara, Mexico, where the Internet Legislation Atlas
will introduce a new tool, the ILA indicators, which are set to launch
after the IGF!
*Session details*

Title: Mapping digital rights in the Middle East and North Africa: A new
visual tool for comparative analysis

When: 5 December 2016 (Day 0)

Where: Workshop Room 3, PALCCO Centre, Guadalajara, Mexico

Time: 09:00 - 10:00 a.m. CST
          (17:00 - 18:00 UTC+2)

Link: http://sched.co/8hsA

Remote participation will be available. Register here
*About the session*

The Internet Legislation Atlas (ILA
is a tool for social change that aims to respond to the needs of local
communities and empower local stakeholders to find answers to the questions
pertaining to the regulation of the digital space. ILA guides users to
assess not only the level of legal protections afforded to human rights on
the Internet but also the restrictions imposed on online freedoms and their
compliance with international human rights standards. This visual tool
empowers users to compare the legislation in their country with that of
neighboring countries, which aims to foster deeper and more robust
understanding of the similarities and differences in approach.

The ILA indicators are a set of qualitative benchmarks that will provide an
easy and reliable way to assess and compare the quality of Internet- and
ICT-related legislation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and
beyond. They will also offer a new resource that is grounded in
international human rights standards and international law. While the ILA
platform helps visualize such assessments, it will also gamify the indices
used in order to make them more appealing and motivate the at-large
community to apply them.
*Session aims*

1. Present the ILA tool and indicators, and share the key findings of
applying the indicators to seven MENA countries.

2. Pinpoint the significance of the ILA tool for the MENA region, and how
the indicators can help stakeholders.

3. How the ILA can strengthen the legal analysis of Internet-related laws
in the MENA region, as well as promote freedom of expression and digital
*Hanane Boujemi*
iGmena director, Hivos

*Noha Fathy*
ILA project lead
iGmena, Hivos
*Niels ten Oever*
Head of digital, ARTICLE 19
*Walid Al-Saqaf*
Internet Society board member
ILA advisory board member

*About ILA*

Launched in February 2016, Internet Legislation Atlas
a pilot project of iGmena
that assesses and visualizes the level of compliance of selected digital
rights vis-à-vis international human rights standards in seven countries in
the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan,
Lebanon, Syria, and Tunisia. The project examines the legal frameworks that
govern the Internet in the MENA region, and focuses on the level of
protection afforded particularly to freedom of expression and the right to
privacy. ILA is a project by Hivos and ARTICLE 19 in cooperation with ASL19
(Iran), Support for Information Technology Center
(Egypt), Iraqi Network for Social Media
(Iraq), ATA
(Jordan), Maharat Foundation
(Lebanon and Syria), and Amor Boubakri (independent consultant, Tunisia).
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