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6 June 2019 | Updated on 12 June 2019

What is an internet shutdown? What forms can it take? What are the effects of shutdowns on human rights at an individual, national or regional level? How can they be countered? Join us on 10 June, before RightsCon in Tunis, to learn more about strategies and techniques to deal with with internet shutdowns, including tech demos, policy ideas, advocacy strategies or litigation, through personal stories of those who have studied or lived through the m. 

When: Monday 10 June 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00

Where: Theâtre de l´Étoile du Nord - مسرح نجمة الشمال 

41 Avenue de Farhat-Hached (near Avenue Habib Bourguiba), Tunis, Tunisia 

To RSVP: email or use the online form 

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The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Hivos/Digital Defenders Partnership, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia Global Centers | Tunis and close partners are hosting this innovative peer-learning event on detecting, documenting and bypassing internet shutdowns. 

Awareness and condemnation of internet shutdowns have increased in recent years, partly due to efforts by civil society. Although shutdowns continue, especially around key political moments like elections, civil society has learned from enduring this blunt violation of their freedom of expression.

Disco-tech will increase responsiveness to and awareness of internet shutdowns and explore how to detect, document and bypass them. It will also offer concrete examples of ways in which civil society and techies can support actions to combat them.

The event provides a safe space for sharing stories and experiences, in personal and powerful ways, facilitates cross-regional collaboration and seeks to connect with key actors who can link local struggles and global action. Participants will share strategies, make links and connections for technical and advisory support, and build on and further support solidarity and networks that can respond to internet shutdowns

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On Twitter: @apc_news #Discotech #InternetShutdowns #Rightscon

Media contact: Flavia Fascendini, APC communications manager,

About APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network and non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve lives and create a more just world. Read more about how APC has been working to raise awareness on internet shutdowns here.

About Hivos /DDP

Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) takes a rights-based approach, focusing on the core values of transparency, human rights, inclusivity and diversity, confidentiality and freedom. DDP coordinates emergency support for journalists, human rights defenders, civil society organisations, bloggers and cyber activists through short- and long-term grants, direct or brokered emergency support and the Rapid Responders Network – a global team of digital security experts.

About Columbia Global Centers | Tunis

The Global Centers were founded in 2009 with the objective of connecting the local with the global, to create opportunities for shared learning and to deepen the nature of global dialogue. They are bridges between Columbia University and the world. Columbia Global Centers | Tunis was accredited by the Tunisian government in March 2018. It regularly hosts lectures and workshops on different fields and disciplines, and has a strong network of partners in academia, the media, political and diplomatic circles, etc.

About Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Established in 2014, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression seeks to advance understanding of the international and national norms and institutions that best protect the free flow of information and expression in an inter-connected global community with major common challenges to address. To achieve its mission, Global Freedom of Expression undertakes and commissions research and policy projects, organises events and conferences, and participates in and contributes to global debates on the protection of freedom of expression and information in the 21st century.