Disco-tech: Bringing the “disco” and the “tech” to the IGF

      Disco-techs are informal peer-learning events designed to bridge the gap between technical and political solutions on issues related to internet rights and freedoms. The topics of this event change annually, but we always call it a “Disco-tech” because the format of the event is very unique: we are connecting policy to tech in a social atmosphere.

      The Disco-tech is proactive. Presenters and participants share best practices, visionary ideas and make connections that will have direct impact on their work. Short talks on the chosen topic for the event showcase projects, tools and problems to raise awareness, and inspire and mix up discussion among participants. 

      Five disco-techs have reached more than 500 people at Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) since 2013 in Bali, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Joao Pessoa and Guadalajara. Holding the Disco-tech before or during the IGF is an opportunity to bring together advocates for rights-centred internet governance from around the world with local groups. Participants are also invited to follow up at the Disco-tech booth in the exhibition hall that we hold during the IGFs.

      To make this space possible, we have worked with: Alternatif Bilisim (Turkey), AccessNow (US), Amnesty International, Berkman Center, Citizen Lab (Canada), Electronic Frontier Foundation (US), Hivos (Netherlands), IFEX (Canada), ISOC, Mozilla (US), Yemen Portal, ARTICLE 19, Rhizomatica (Mexico), Digital Empowerment Foundation (India), Zenzeleni Networks (South Africa), AlterMundi (Argentina), Luchadoras (Mexico), Tactical Technology Collective (Germany), One World Platform (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Access Now (US), Coding Rights (Brazil), Point of View (India), Turkish Pirate Party, Web Foundation, and the list keeps growing!

      A glimpse of Disco-techs through the years:

      In 2017: Criminalisation of technical expertise, by APC, ARTICLE 19, IFEX, Access Now, Greenhost and Aspiration (watch our video with highlights).

      In 2016: Community networks: Civil society’s efforts to improve connectivity in local communities, by APC, IFEX and ISOC.

      In 2015: Anonymity, by APC, Coding Rights and Tactical Technology Collective. 

      In 2014: Censorship and circumvention, by APC, Tactical Technology Collective and Web Foundation.

      In 2013: Privacy, surveillance, and security online, by APC and Tactical Technology Collective.

       

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