Digital Occupation: Surveillance and Censorship in Israel Palestine
Venue: Auditorium A1B, Maison de la Paix
This panel discussion aims to describe and discuss the tension between security and human rights in the digital world in the context of Israel Palestine. While the rise of social media has fostered new forms of activism, mobilisations and resistance to hegemonic power among Palestinians, it has also emerged as a new space of control. Over the past decade, Israel has expanded its power and control over the Palestinians to the virtual sphere in a move often described as “digital occupation”.
Censorship, surveillance and control of the Palestinians virtual space have also been exercised by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip as a means to silence dissent. This panel discussion will describe these practices of control and their effect on Palestinians’ human and civil rights. It will also touch on the role of social media platform such as Facebook in controlling and silencing the Palestinians. The capacity of the international community to hold both governments and social media giants accountable to international law will also be debated.
- Anna Leander, Deputy Director of the CCDP and Professor, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
- Nadim Nashif, Director, Hamleh, the Arab Centre for the Advancement of Social Media
- Fabio Cristiano, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, Lund University
- Jonathan Luke Austin, Lead Researcher, Violence Prevention (VIPRE) Initiative, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)