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While public conversations related to the Internet tend to focus on the harms caused by social media to democracy, the analysis would be unbalanced if we didn’t remember the advances that this open and participatory tool has made possible, particularly in countries in democratic transition. Revisiting some examples, ranging from the rewriting of the Kenyan Constitution in 2010, to recent news around Russian legislative elections, through the debates on crypto currencies and monetary sovereignty in Ecuador, Julie Owono, director of Internet Without Borders, will present from various angles some of the democratic issues of cyber development.
At the intersection of Business and Human Rights, her work focuses on creating channels of collaboration between different set of actors of the Internet. She is particularly interested in using multistakeholder approaches to foster collaborations on issues related to online content moderation. Julie is a member of the Global Partnership on AI (AI) created by France and Canada, of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on AI for Humanity, of the WEF Council on the Connected World. She was also a member of UNESCO’s Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, a Member of the World Benchmarking Alliance’s Expert Committee on Digital Inclusion, and a Civil Society member of the Global Network Initiative’s Board. Julie graduated in International Law from La Sorbonne University in Paris, and practiced as a lawyer at the Paris Bar.
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