Panel Discussion: Export controls of surveillance technology – state of play and the way forward

Marietje

Panel Discussion: Export controls of surveillance technology – state of play and the way forward

Date and Time: February 5, 2015 at 6pm Place: Netherlands Embassy, Klosterstraße 50, 10179 Berlin Registration: The event is open to the public, but registration is required. Please send an email to ue.rhic@eciffo to register and bring an official ID to the Embassy. Experts from civil society, EU institutions and national governments will meet in Berlin on February 5, 2015 to discuss about the role of human rights standards in EU trade policies. Organized by Centre for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR) with the support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the panel discussion will focus on current international policies on export controls of surveillance technologies and how these will develop in the coming years. The panelists include Edin Omanovic from Privacy International, Karen M. Costa-Zahn from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, Reinhard Schelle from DG Trade at the European Commission and Magnus Nordeus from DIGITALEUROPE and Ericsson. The debate will be moderated Dr Ben Wagner from the Centre for Internet and Human Rights. Representatives of the European Parliament, European Commission and governments from Germany, Sweden, Finland, the UK and the Netherlands will attend the discussion. Civil society organizations such as Privacy International, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Digitale Gesellschaft, Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights Amnesty International and International Federation for Human Rights (fidh) have confirmed their participation, as well as representatives from Nokia, Ericsson and BiTmi. In recent years, there has been a growing body of evidence that oppressive regimes purchased surveillance technologies to monitor and censor citizens online. In response to this evidence, the European Union and it’s member states have increased their efforts to restrict exports of such technologies to countries where they can be used to harm human rights. Findings about export of technologies from EU to countries where human rights might be harmed, have motivated from civil society organizations, governments and industry to take action. At the same time these actors agree that it is important to ensure that export controls take a balanaced approach and do no negatively affect research and development. Nevertheless there is a growing consensus among that EU and it’s member states can lead the effort to use export control measures as a way to better protect human rights in third countries. In the morning event, at 10:15, Marietje Schaake will give a keynote speech. For more information, please visit https://cihr.eu/panel-discussion-export-controls-of-surveillance-technology/