Workshop Proposal 9

Date: 5 Aug 2014

Time: 09:00 – 10:30

Venue: Tapas 1

Remote Participation LInks: Video / Text / Adobe Connect

Workshop Title Surveillance – Restoring trust on the Net
Thematic Area of Interest Internet business in the Asia Pacific regionOthers
Specific Issues of Discussions & Description The revelations made by Edward Snowden have brought to light the arbitrary and excessive mass surveillance programmes carried out by various states. This unprecedented act of mass surveillance has eroded the trust that users have invarious online platforms. The business models of many online service providers that focus on monetising from the large base of subscribers have also compounded the problem. To assert the importance of protecting the privacy rights of people around the world, many civil society organisations came together to formulate a set of principles called the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. The Asia Pacific region is also not exempt from the issue of arbitrary surveillance and there is a pressing need to have a discussion on the issue and to stress the importance of surveillance procedures to comply with the necessary and proportionate principles.The panel will discuss the following issues:• Mass surveillance v/s targeted surveillance• Safeguards to prevent arbitrary surveillance• Protection of user data and the role of Online Service Providers.
Expected Format and Target Panel Members
  • Moderator: Ms.Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director, Software Freedom Law Center, New York; Executive Director, SFLC.IN, New Delhi

Civil Society

Mr. Shahzad Ahmad, Country Director, Bytes for All, Pakistan (Remote)

Mr. Vikram Tiwathia, Associate Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India

Mr. Kiran Chandra General Secretary, Free Software Movement of India Technical Community (Remote)

Mr. Rajnesh Singh, ISOC Asia Pacific

Private Sector

Mr. Saikat Datta, Editor (National Security), Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Ms. May-Ann LIM, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Singapore


Prof. Park Kyung-Sin, Professor, Korea University Law School; Founder, Open Net Korea


Mr. Muktesh Chander IPS, Special Commissioner of Police, New Delhi

Workshop Organiser The workshop will be organised by SFLC.IN, a donor supported legal services organisation that works to protect freedom in the digital world. The details of the contactperson for the workshop is given below:Name: Ms. Mishi ChoudharyDesignation: Executive DirectorOrganisation:SFLC.IN