Your Freedom of Expression vs. mine? Who is in control? – WS 10 2018

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6 June 2018 | 14:00-15:30 | CENTRAL ROOM | remote participation | video streaming
Consolidated programme 2018 overview

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Session teaser

This workshop looks at the various issues discussed at EuroDIG 2018 through the prism of freedom of expression. Freedom of expression remains a central tenet of every democratic society. Obviously, there are limits to that freedom, and they may vary from country to country. But over all, are the limits getting wider or narrower? And what specifically has been the impact of the huge changes brought about by technical development? Have they been beneficial of detrimental - or both? We also need to ask, who are those setting limits and controlling our ability to express ourselves freely online? Are governments trying to curtail freedom of speech more or less than they used to do? Are internet intermediaries, trying to keep their platforms clean from fake news and hate speech, adopting practices that restrict freedom of expression? Are attempts to copyright reform restricting freedom of expression – or, to the contrary, enabling original content creators to enjoy it?


Freedom of expression, regulation, intermediaries liability, censorship and privacy, take downs, human rights.

Session description

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The format will loosely be the following:

  • a.) Introduction from the moderator
  • b.) Reporting from Plenary Session 2
  • b.) Debate
  • c.) Q&A with key participants
  • d.) Open the discussion to the room
  • e.) Wrap-up

Further reading

Links to relevant websites, declarations, books, documents. Please note we cannot offer web space, so only links to external resources are possible. Example for an external link: Website of EuroDIG


Please provide name and institution for all people you list here.

Focal Point:

  • Esmeralda Moscatelli, Policy and Research Officer (IFLA)

Subject Matter Expert (SME):

  • Yrjö Länsipuro – ISOC Finland

Organising Team (Org Team)

  • Eduardo Santos, Defesa dos Direitos Digitais
  • Ucha Seturi, Small and Medium Telecom Operator's Association of Georgia
  • Natalia Filina, EURALO
  • Ketevan Kochladze, Youth and Environment Europe YEE
  • Anna Romandash, Digital Communications
  • Elisabeth Schauermann

Key Participants

Until . Key Participants are experts willing to provide their knowledge during a session – not necessarily on stage. Key Participants should contribute to the session planning process and keep statements short and punchy during the session. They will be selected and assigned by the Org Team, ensuring a stakeholder balanced dialogue also considering gender and geographical balance. Please provide short CV’s of the Key Participants involved in your session at the Wiki or link to another source.

  • Giacome Mazzone - European Broadcasting Union - Reporting from Plenary 2
  • Irina Drexler - No Hate Speech Movement - Freedom of Expression in Romania
  • Professor Wolfgang Benedek - University of Graz - Challenges for intermediaries respecting freedom of expression
  • Natalia Mileszyk - Communia Association - Copyright as a tool to restrict FoE in the light of ongoing EU reform?
  • Pearse O'Donohue - European Commission - How to tackle illegal content while ensuring freedom of expression and information
  • Giorgi Gvimradze - Georgia Broadcasting Corporation - Religious Feelings VS Freedom of Expression


  • Cristian Urse - Head of Council of Europe Office in Georgia

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Remote Moderator

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Reporters will be assigned by the EuroDIG secretariat in cooperation with the Geneva Internet Platform. The Reporter takes notes during the session and formulates 3 (max. 5) bullet points at the end of each session that:

  • are summarised on a slide and presented to the audience at the end of each session
  • relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  • are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
  • are in (rough) consensus with the audience

Current discussion, conference calls, schedules and minutes

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  • dates for virtual meetings or coordination calls
  • short summary of calls or email exchange

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A short summary of the session will be provided by the Reporter.

Video record

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