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Media and Democracy in the Arab World: The Future of Freedoms and Rights in the Digital Era

October 31 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT

Thursday, October 31, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

JW Marriott Washington DC
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20004

About the conference:

In the 21st century, media and digital tools are increasingly becoming a central component of the public sphere and the political process, where the limitations of—as well as the prospects for—democratic reform are evolving with advances in technology. In the Arab world in particular, digital activism and cyber politics have manifested themselves at least since the mass protests of 2011.

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With high disruptive potential that has low economic and political costs, cyber weapons introduce new threats not only to freedoms of expression and rights, but also to the progress toward democracy in the region. The future of democracy and human rights in the Arab world will be significantly impacted by the uses of new media tools and technologies in the political and geopolitical spheres. Indeed, implementing measures to ensure accountability and ethical policies in cyberspace has become a profoundly paramount objective.

At this critical intersection of freedoms of expression and cyber geopolitics, Arab Center Washington DC is dedicating its fourth annual conference to exploring the role of media and new technologies in human rights and democracy in the Arab world.

You can find the conference agenda and list of speakers here.