February 26, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Speaker: Efrat Daskal
Life in the digital world has led to the emergence of a new social identity, a global citizen endowed with digital rights. There is, however, a lack of consensus amongst stakeholders (governments, internet organizations, the IT community, media scholars, lawyers etc.) over the exact definition and scope of these rights. This state of affairs serves not only as fertile ground for constant deliberation among these actors but also as possible leverage for weaker social actors to step in and take part in the process of defining and framing these rights. Such is the basis for the rights of the global digital rights movement.
The digital rights movement is composed of individuals and civil society organizations that seek to define and frame digital rights at national and the international levels both by confronting governments and internet corporations and by informing and educating the public about their rights. This project, which is currently in its preliminary stages, seeks to understand and evaluate the role of the movement while focusing on the national level.
Within this framework, this presentation will focus on the Israeli digital rights movement (IDRM) as a case study. The IDRM was established in 2009, in order to prevent the creation of an obligatory biometric database. Over the years, however, the movement has expanded its activities and has gradually managed to redefine and reframe the boundaries of civil liberties in the digital era in Israel. This presentation will describe the activities of the movement in the judicial, political, and public arenas, and will explore the possible long-term influence of its activities on Israeli society.