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Balancing Security and Human Rights: How Does the Law Apply to Social Media in the GCC?

6 July 2017 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London



The Gulf Cooperation Council countries have among the highest internet and social media penetration rates in the world. GCC citizens have been increasingly using social and new media to interact with one another, create new businesses and engage with their governments around issues of public interest. However, social media platforms have also been used as a recruiting tool for extremist thinking as well as a facilitator for serious crimes and terrorism. This emanating risk is not particular to the GCC; governments around the world are grappling with the challenge of how to protect the public from genuine threats to security while safeguarding fundamental rights, namely the right to privacy and freedom of speech online.
Different laws have been enacted around the world trying to reach that balance. The workshop will discuss the international as well as the GCC’s legal and regulatory approach to regulating social media, the lines between security and human rights online and, the commonalities, differences and trends.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.