Protect Speaking Out! How Censorship Laws, Internet Shutdowns, and Social Media Taxes Threaten Open Government and Economic Growth

13:40 - 15:00
Room 201, Shaw Centre

Threats to freedom of expression, assembly and association are increasing throughout the world. Internet shutdowns, tax and fees for social media, and censorship laws undermine freedom of expression and stifle citizens ability to speak out, to demand accountability, and push for better governance. This concerning trend poses a threat to citizens, civil society organizations, and the private sector. This session will unpack country case studies to explore how censorship efforts and attacks on civil society are a serious threat to open government while highlighting stories where civil society has worked alongside the private sector to thwart dangerous government action and legislation. We will also outline the business case for civic rights and discuss why the private sector should be concerned about the global crackdown on civic rights and civil society and the implications it has on pushing for more open government. We will`highlight ways in which the private sector is playing an increasing role in global governance efforts and are taking action to support civic rights. The B Team will also share findings from its October 2018 report The Business Case for Protecting Civic Rights, that examines the economic impact of respect for civic rights and civic space.

Theme: Participation

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: The B Team

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Fishbowl

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