Online Outreach Event: Freedom of Expression and the Internet

LIbertad de expresión DDEveryday we use information networks on the Internet for personal activities, to manage governmental procedures, to make business transactions, to communicate, investigate, innovate, as well as share knowledge and culture. It is well understood that the Internet has opened up new possibilities for human expression, however, new threats to these free speech spaces have arisen too.

The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression works, since its inception in 1997 at the Organization of American States (OAS), for the promotion and protection to the right to freedom of throughout and expression on the American continent. One of the mechanisms that they employ to achieve their mandate is the drafting of thematic reports, the most recent being “Freedom of Expression and the Internet” (#InformeRELE)

On June 16th, they will employ a different means of outreach besides a report: an online event led by the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), whose director is the Colombian lawyer Catalina Botero. This event was coordinated by Fundación Karisma from Colombia and moderated by the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC) from Argentina.

Additionally, there will be a series of local forums held in different countries throughout the world, led by civil society organizations that work towards the defense of human rights on the Internet.

Online Outreach event #InformeRELE

The online event will provide an opportunity to meet and learn from one another, thanks to the participating organizations who will present on the following themes:

We also have three special invited guests: Fernando Bermejo, from Spain; Katitza Rodríguez from the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the United States, Carolina Rossina, Latin American Associate for Digital Global Partners and the Open Society Foundations from the United Kingdom.

Date: Monday June 16, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM (CDT), 3:00 PM (EST)

Web Address:


Local Forums

The local forums will be diverse and inclusive discussion spaces that the aforementioned organizations have coordinated in their respective countries and whose central theme will be “Freedom of Expression on the Internet.” Each organization has organized a location where they will transmit the online event. Once the online event concludes, each organization will proceed with the local forum.

More information about the local forums here.

To read the #InformeRELE report, click here and continue the discussion through social media using the hashtag #InformeRELE




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