[A2k] Encryption and human rights: La Quadrature du Net takes part in a UN conference

La Quadrature du Net contact at laquadrature.net
Tue Jun 14 15:41:36 PDT 2016


 
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Press Release 

TAGS : ENCRYPTION, HUMAN RIGHTS, UNITED NATIONS, SURVEILLANCE 

La Quadrature du Net -- For immediate release 

Permanent link: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/encryption-UN [1] 

ENCRYPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS: LA QUADRATURE DU NET TAKES PART IN A UN
CONFERENCE

Paris, 15 june 2016 -- LA QUADRATURE DU NET IS PARTICIPATING AT THE PANEL
"ENCRYPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS" ORGANISED AT THE UNITED NATIONS BY THE
COMMITTEE JUSTICE AND PEACE OF THE DOMINICAN ORDER. THIS CONFERENCE WILL
TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT TO ENCRYPTION AND TO PRIVACY IN A TIME WHERE IN
EUROPE, THOSE RIGHTS ARE AT REGULARLY AT RISK. THE VIDEO OF THIS CONFERENCE
WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE MEDIAKIT [2] OF LA QUADRATURE DU NET.. 

Right to encryption is one of the essential condition to the existence of
the right to privacy and to freedom of speech. 

Individuals and civil society are regularly subject to intrusions and
restrictions of those rights by State, when those are asked to respect
privacy of their citizens. The development of mass surveillance
technologies and their legalisation in the name of the war/fight against
terrorism act as a barrier to the application of those rights and seriously
infringe a large number of civil liberties. Encryption has increasily
become a major breaking point and appear as a essenial barrier against the
demolition of our liberties in the digital era. 

In order to bring this question at the core of the discussion on human
rights that will take place this week during the 32nd sessions at the
Council of Human Right of the UN in Geneva, the Justice and Peace Committee
of the Dominican Order whished to organise a conference/workshop/talk on
the issue of encryption and human rights. 

This conference will try to explain the reasons of a call for a protection
to the right to encryption of communications and thus the respect of
privacy in a time where they are more and more threatened even in
democratic States. The balance between the needs for investigation and
surveillance of security-driven policies and the respect of the fundamental
right of privacy lean more and more over public authorities questioning
encryption putting at risk the respect of freedoms. 

It becomes crucial to stress why the right to encryption of communications
is one of the key elements to the application of the fundamental right of
privacy and to confidentiality, as they are condition to the exercice of
other fundamental freedoms such as the freedom to opinion, to speech, to
information or of movement. 

Wednesday 15 june at 11am in the room IV of the Palais des Nations in
Gevenva, the panel _ENCRYPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS_ will gather :
 INTRODUCTION : Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, permanent observer of the Holy
See at the United Nations in Geneva
 SPEAKERS : 

 	* DAVID KAYE, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression
 	* ADRIENNE CHARMET, Campaign Coordinator at La Quadrature du Net
 	* BRYAN FORD, Associated Teacher in Informatics and Sciences at the
École Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, expert in encryption

MODERATION : Fr. Eric Salobir (OPTIC - Order of Preachers forTechnology,
Information and Communication) 

ABOUT LA QUADRATURE DU NET

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and
freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for
the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding
principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge.


>In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better
understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and
pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage
citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the
digital age. 

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international
NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society
Institute and Privacy International. 

List of supporting organisations:
https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net [3] 

PRESS CONTACT AND PRESS ROOM

contact at laquadrature.net - +33 (0)972 294 426 

https://www.laquadrature.net/en/press-room [4] 

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[1] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/encryption-UN
[2] https://mediakit.laquadrature.net//
[3] https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net
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