CDN, the digital [x] working group and Youth movement Revolt are announcing a call for members of the international preparatory team for the seminar “Digitised security – How to read the surveillance discourse and fight it!”. It will take place from 24 – 30 April 2017 in Bosnia. It was inspired by a digital [x] webinar that looked at the political reactions sparked by the terrorist attacks in Paris and how the tension between security and freedom was framed by agenda setters. A year later, censorship and mass surveillance are becoming the norm, and we want to fight this: we want to change the discourse to achieve better policy and give everyone the tools to protect their freedom even in hostile environments.
CDN, the digital [x] working group and Revolt are organising an international youth seminar on digital rights. It will take place from 24 – 30 April in Bosnia. It was inspired by a digital [x] webinar that looked at the political reactions sparked by the terrorist attacks in Paris and how the tension between security and freedom was framed by agenda setters. A year later, censorship and mass surveillance are becoming the norm, and we want to fight this: we want to change the discourse to achieve better policy and give everyone the tools to protect their freedom even in hostile environments.
Together we will:
- explore how recent events have led to fear being instrumentalised to restrict our online freedoms;
- analyse how online censorship and mass surveillance are justified by governing bodies, why these policies are ineffective at increasing security;
- see how they harm personal freedoms and democracy;
- look at why anonymity and privacy is important for oppressed and minority groups to avoid persecution and harassment.
- develop skills to use software that protects us from surveillance and overcomes censorship.
During this week-long event we will bring together 40 young people from all over Europe. This event will burst the Green bubble by closely collaborating with digital rights and hacker organisations from across the region and the rest of Europe. This seminar is not for nerds only, it will unite people who are new to the topic with seasoned digital rights activists. We aim at creating a vibrant environment to produce sustainable and long lasting collaboration to fight for our common digital rights!
If you are curious about what’s at stake in the online world and how it connects to the wider political struggles of our time, join us! Everyone is warmly welcome!
Date: 24 – 30 April 2017
Duration: 6 working days
Location: (close to) Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Working language: English
Number of participants: 40
The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for active, inclusive and direct communication and transfer of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, workshops, role-plays, debates, discussions, reflection and other interactive methods of learning.
This Project is supported by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, Green Forum (Sweden), Green European Foundation, Internet Society and Terry Reintke (Member of the European Parliament, The Greens/EFA)
Image by Tom Blackwell (Creative Commons BY -NC)
We are announcing a call for the host of CDN General Assembly 2017.
The host organization will be responsible for the technical coordination of the meeting with support of the CDN Office. While CDN’s Executive Committee will be responsible for the agenda, the local host organization will have the opportunity to organize a session for the delegates and guests. It is CDN’s obligation to financially support the organization of the General Assembly, nevertheless fund-raising assistance from local host will be highly appreciated.
CDN is happy to announce an open call for members of the Political Platform Group (PPG), which will be tasked with rewriting CDN’s Political Platform (PP) until the next GA in February 2017. The call is open to anyone with strong ties to CDN.
The tasks of the PPG is to formulate in close collaboration with CDN’s Member Organisations (MOs) the Political Platform that sets down CDN’s basic political convictions and demands. The PPG will have an essential role in deciding on the exact format of the PP. It is important to note that it is CDN’s MOs that decide about the content of the PP with the PPG coordinating the work with MOs and drafting the PP based on MOs ideas. Continue reading