Ministerial Day 1: CSISAC participated in the Workshop “Rights in the digital age"

Dec 15, 2022
On Wednesday, December 14, Valeria Milanes, member of the CSISAC Steering Committee and executive director of Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), moderated the Workshop "Rights in the digital age - building solid evidence", in the framework of the OECD 2022 Ministerial Meeting, which is being held until December 16 in Gran Canaria, Spain.

At this meeting, key points that cross the rights in the digital age, the importance of the participation of civil society, agencies, and companies worldwide in human rights in digital environments were analyzed.

For Milanes, the tools that civil society has to contribute to the development of rights in digital environments, some of them are "awareness of the public in general, of vulnerable communities, of policy-makers, of the private sector, of judges, the elaboration of research, communications campaigns, different actions related to policy and incidence in policy-making, the use of strategic litigation, to name some".

On the other hand, the challenges faced by new technologies were revealed: asymmetry and concentration of power, legal restrictions, speed and complexity in the development and deployment of technology, among others, were some of the examples given by the spokeswoman at the meeting.

Finally, she concluded: "Rights should be understood in a legal frame, and be aligned with international obligations of countries taken in international treaties of human rights", reinforcing the concept of civil society participation and urging the different sectors to address the issue from a perspective that includes all the voices involved in the subject.

Also participating in the event were: Carmen Artigas, Secretaria de Estado de Digitalización & AI de españa; Mario Campoargo, Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Administrative Modernisation; Valentina Daiber, Chief officer Legal & Corporate Affairs Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG; Tawfik Jelassi, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information; Dohyun Kang, Korea Deputy Minister of Science and ICT; Hilary Richters, Director,  Lead Digital Ethics