OGP Webinar Invitation:
Open Governance and Privacy in a Post-Snowden World
Thursday, September 10th at 10:00 AM (EST/WDC)
REGISTER for this webinar: HERE
- Carly Nyst, Independent consultant and former Legal Director of Privacy International
- Javier Ruiz, Policy Director, Open Rights Group
Sponsored by the OGP Support Unit, the Open Government Guide, and the World Bank
The right to privacy, recognized as a human right and enabler of other individual freedoms, is regarded as pivotal to protect the privacy of citizens from infringement on behalf of their governments or a third party. Citizens have the right to choose whether to disclose and share their personal data and must be able to dictate under what terms to do so. With new technologies enabling personal data to be collected, stored and shared in greater quantities and ease as never before, privacy and data protections rights are of utmost relevance to open government efforts. Governments must be transparent about the handling of citizens’ personal data, and citizens must have the ability to hold their government accountable in the handling of such.
Further, with more than 100 countries having enabled access to information legislations, it is important to balance the right to privacy and right to information so that privacy is not used as an excuse to prevent openness, and that the approach to openness does not infringe into the privacy of individuals – both rights must be balanced in a case-by-case basis.
During this webinar, the authors of the Privacy and Data Protection chapter of the Open Government Guide -Carly Nyst and Javier Ruiz- will provide an overview of the chapter and discuss some of the commitments included in it. The Open Gov Guide was developed by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative to serve as tool for governments and civil society at the time of jointly developing and implementing their OGP National Action Plans. It covers various cross-cutting topics developed by expert organizations, and is currently available in English and Spanish.
Carly is an independent consultant and former Legal Director of Privacy International, a London-based NGO dedicated to fighting unlawful surveillance and promoting the right to privacy around the world. In addition to directing PI’s strategic litigation programme, Carly leads advocacy in United Nations human rights mechanisms, and this year successfully coordinated a campaign for the establishment of a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. Carly is a member of the Amnesty International Advisory Council on Technology and Human Rights, and the UN Global Pulse Data Privacy Advisory Group.
Javier leads on policy at the UK based Open Rights Group. His recent work has covered open data privacy, state surveillance and copyright reforms. Previously he worked as campaigner and organiser, and spent several years building citizen media platforms and supporting the digital activities of social movements in Europe and Latin America. His other interests include open hardware and bilingual education.
This session’s recording will be available on the OGP website, as well as in the World Bank’s E-Institute portal where you can also find the recordings of all the other OGP Webinars.
To JOIN the session on Thursday September 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EST, please go HERE and login 5 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to start.