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Foreign Interference: Protecting Digital Sovereignty in a Connected World of CSOs

15 August @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM BMT

Foreign interference, characterised by cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns, and manipulative strategies, poses a severe threat to democratic societies in our era of global connectivity. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) play a pivotal role as defenders against these consequences. They serve as vigilant monitors in the digital sphere, equipping individuals to discern fact from fiction and contributing to the resilience of society against external manipulation. Despite their crucial role, CSOs face vulnerabilities, particularly in regions where foreign interference manipulates communication. This session will illuminate the challenges encountered by CSOs operating in such environments. Concrete examples will be shared, shedding light on the real-world impact of foreign interference on CSOs. Additionally, the discussion will delve into the existing legal and regulatory frameworks governing CSOs. These frameworks, while intended to provide guidance, may inadvertently limit the freedom of expression and operation for CSOs. We invite participants to contribute their experiences and insights, fostering an engaging dialogue on strategies to address vulnerabilities and enhance the resilience of CSOs in the face of foreign interference.

The event is a part of the Digital Rights Programme, co-convened by Asia Centre and Google Asia Pacific. Asia Centre and Google Asia Pacific built “Digital Rights Programme for Civil Society Organisations” spanning for nearly a year, which started in December 2023 to engage International NGOs (INGOs) and their CSO partners that currently work on the issues facing digital rights in the Asia-Pacific region. The programme is covering a series of thematic online and onsite activities to address potential gaps that CSOs experience in collaboration when working under this programme.

Speakers: To be confirmed


Date: 15 August 2024
Time: 5 PM – 6.30 PM (GMT+7)
Venue: Google Meet
Registration: https://forms.gle/xspqQnJcLyWUkYLc6
Contact: karin@asiacentre.org


15 August
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM BMT
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Asia Centre
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