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GEF, Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe, the digital [x] working group and Revolt organised an international youth seminar on digital rights as part of this year’s transnational project on the digital commons.
The seminar took place from 24th – 30th April in Bosnia. It was inspired by a digital [x] webinar that looked at the political reactions sparked by the terrorist attacks in Paris and how the tension between security and freedom was framed by agenda setters. A year later, censorship and mass surveillance are becoming the norm, and we want to fight this: we want to change the discourse to achieve better policy and give everyone the tools to protect their freedom, even in hostile environments.
The programme was based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strove for active, inclusive and direct communication and transfer of knowledge. The sessions were balanced between theoretical inputs, workshops, role-plays, debates, discussions, reflection and other interactive methods of learning.
The seminar aspired to:
- Explore how recent events have led to fear being instrumentalised to restrict our online freedoms;
- Analyse how online censorship and mass surveillance are justified by governing bodies and why these policies are ineffective at increasing security;
- See how they harm personal freedoms and democracy;
- Look at why anonymity and privacy is important for oppressed and minority groups to avoid persecution and harassment;
- Develop skills to use software that protects us from surveillance and overcomes censorship.
During the week-long event, 40 young people from all over Europe came together and aimed at creating a vibrant environment to produce sustainable and long lasting collaboration to fight for common digital rights!
The event reported can be downloaded here.
Date: 24 – 30 April 2017
Location: (close to) Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 6 working days
Working language: English
Number of participants: 40