About the event
From 'Fin', a secret all-female Facebook group in Nigeria to a #metoo WhatsApp group run by leading Bollywood actresses, online safe spaces are becoming the go to.
For marginalised groups and individuals at-risk, online safe spaces, just as their physical counterparts provide a secure environment to share stories, foster support, gather ideas, and build identity without being ridiculed for it. Digital safe spaces are often more accessible and easy to manage (with some offering the extra security of anonymity) but they are also increasingly risky with threats posed by fake news, hate speech, and cyber bullying.
Join us in a critical exploration of the digital landscape to learn about how different communities around the world are creating online safe spaces. Through this event, we will explore how they take shape, if they are the best way forward and if social media is enough of a fix.
Dr. Angela Daly
As a socio-legal scholar of technology, Angela’s expertise covers privacy, data protection, competition law and human rights across a wide variety of legal systems with a keen interest in the Internet, 3D printing and blockchain. She’s the author of ‘Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap’ and is Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Additionally, she is a founding member of NGO Digital Rights Watch Australia.
With Asian social trends and institutions, innovation and technology as his main focus, Michael is a senior editor in the thought leadership team at The Economist Intelligence Unit, based in Hong Kong. Additionally, he serves as the research lead for Pride & Prejudice, The Economist Group’s ongoing global initiative supporting LGBT rights. Prior to this, he was a Taipei-based correspondent for Reuters, covering social movements, culture and the technology industry.
Having grown up across Taipei and the States, for the past three years Tiffany has been living in Hong Kong. In January 2018, she founded Spill Stories: an Instagram-based safe space for "womxn" of colour to share unfiltered, honest stories about their personal lives. Touching upon topics like race, identity, sexuality, beauty, gender and mental health, Spill Stories offers readers and writers a sense of relief, empathy and healing.
This event is free and open to the public with limited seats available.
Light refreshments will be served.
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