- Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 12:05PM - 1:30PM
- SLB Room 122
- Open To The Yale Community
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All over the world, governments are shutting down the internet during protests, elections, and moments of heightened political activity. In collaboration with the global #KeepItOn coalition, Access Now has been identifying, documenting and verifying internet shutdowns since 2011. Every internet shutdown has a story, a human being, a human rights violation behind it, and a perpetrator who pulled the plug. As the number of shutdowns keeps increasing (we documented 196 last year), we have data to share on the events that trigger the shutdowns exposing them as arbitrary, illegal measure taken by governments to silence dissenting voices and control information. Are citizens doomed to internet shutdowns as more governments resort to this tactic or can we turn the tide and keep the internet open even during times of crisis?
Brett Solomon is the Executive Director and co-founder of Access Now, a global non-profit organization that defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining direct technical support, comprehensive policy engagement, global advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, the organization fights for human rights in the digital age. Brett is also the founder of RightsCon, Access Now's Annual Summit on the internet and human rights. Before Access Now, Brett honed his skills at Avaaz, GetUp, Oxfam Australia, and Amnesty International Australia. Brett has a Bachelors in Arts and Law and a Masters in International Law.