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Featured Session: Manal al-Sharif - Hacking Oppression: The Battle for Human Rights in the Digital Age

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Featured Session: Manal al-Sharif - Hacking Oppression:  The Battle for Human Rights in the Digital Age

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In this session, Manal al-Sharif aims to unravel the paradox of technology in non-democratic societies: its power to both liberate and oppress. She will demonstrate how human rights defenders harness technology to advocate for social justice, share their stories, and connect with global audiences. Conversely, she will expose technology's darker role, its exploitation by regimes to surveil, control, and manipulate citizens. Beyond raising awareness, her session aims to inspire change. Manal will explore innovative solutions and emerging technologies that hold potential to combat disinformation, protect freedom of expression, and tip the power balance towards the people. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of technology's dual role in human rights and acquire strategies to foster a more equitable digital world. With firsthand advocacy experience and deep technological insight, Hacking Oppression promises a personal, globally-relevant narrative that resonates with our shared digital future.

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