Past eventResearch Event

Challenges to Freedom of Expression

20 July 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Chatham House, London


Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Technology and Human Rights, Amnesty International
Professor David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Chair: Sonya Sceats, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House



The digital age has seen an extraordinary transformation in how individuals can exercise their right to freedom of expression. What are the proper limits of state interference in online communication in pursuit of national security and public order? What does this mean for privacy? And away from the digital world, to what extent is free speech being affected by counterterrorism measures and actions to prevent hate crimes? How do all of these challenges affect the space for civil society action?