Free Expression Events: July 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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CJFE has compiled a list of interesting upcoming events that celebrate the importance of free expression and press freedom in a variety of ways. From awards galas to annual general meetings, these events span the continent and present opportunities to support and learn about free expression in Canada and the U.S.
Take a look below for event details and registration information.

The 23rd Annual Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference

Date: June 25-26, 2013 Location: Newseum,555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s CFP conference is “Our Computers, Our Freedom: Can You Trust Anyone in the Digital Age?” The conference will feature keynote speeches by Matt Blaze, a specialist in cryptography, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, and Cory Doctorow, a novelist and technology activist. The CFP is “the premier conference examining the intersection of policy, technology, and action.” Technologists and policy analysts will come together for discussion in public forums about issues surrounding freedom of information, expression, and digital media. For those not in Washington, the conference is being live-streamed. Please see the webcasts for Room 1 and Room 2. The three topics of this year’s conference are freedom, privacy, and technology and their intersection in our digital world.

2013 Global Youth Assembly

Date: August 7-10, 2013 Location: John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Edmonton, AB The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is hosting its fourth annual "Ignite Change Now! Global Youth Assembly" (GYA). The GYA is an international human rights conference for youth and young adults 15-28, with this year's theme zeroing in on "the health of human rights and identify where they can contribute to fostering equality, justice and freedom." This theme will encourage participants to develop a more holistic conception of health that goes beyond mere bodily well-being. The GYA program includes 4 days of inspirational talks from international speakers, workshops, and multimedia project planning. This forum aims to encourage young people to become more active in their communities, realize their goals of enacting change, and get feedback on their ideas. Early bird registration for the GYA ends on June 30, 2013, so act quickly to reserve your space before prices go up! Registration: Please see the GYA website for registration info.

Canadian Ethnic Media Association Awards

Date: June 30, 2013 If you missed CEMA’s 35th Annual Awards for Journalistic Excellence Gala, you can watch the proceedings on June 30. The gala will be airing at the following times, according to region: Ontario: OMNI 1, 9:00pm-11:00pm; OMNI 2, 6:00pm-8:00pm Alberta: OMNI Alberta, 9:00pm-11:00pm British Columbia: OMNI BC, 9:00pm-11:00pm

Association de la Presse Francophone Annual Congress and Awards Gala

Date: July 11-13, 2013 Location: Westmark Whitehorse Hotel, 201 Wood St, Whitehorse, YT The Association de la Presse Francophone (APF) will host its annual congress and awards gala in Whitehorse, Yukon from July 11-13, 2013. The conference will serve as an opportunity for editors of French publications in Canada to exchange ideas, trade strategies, and celebrate each other’s work. The awards gala will celebrate the best in francophone print media, with accolades including “Newspaper of the Year 2013.” Registration: For more details and to register for the event, please contact APF at 613-241-1017 (email: apf@apf.ca). You can also see the conference program here.

Amnesty International General Meeting

Date: July 18, 2013 Location: Amnesty International Toronto Office, 1992 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Meet and Greet Reception with Board and candidates for the 2013-2014 term 7:00pm-onwards: Election speeches, monthly business meeting, and election results The Amnesty International General Meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the activities of the organization in the Toronto area, including ways to get involved and spread the word about Amnesty International (AI) initiatives. Both current members and prospective members are welcome. AI is an avid defender of human rights, including freedom of expression, around the world, and this meeting at the Toronto chapter is a good opportunity to get involved with the organization. Registration: Admission to the event is free; please RSVP to chair@aito.ca. Please see the AI website for more event information.

Black Hat USA 2013

Date: July 27-August 1, 2013 Location: Caesar’s Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV Time: 9:00am-5:00pm Black Hat USA 2013 includes briefings by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other organizations exploring freedom in the digital sphere. The conference describes itself as “[setting] the benchmark for all other security conferences […] [bringing] together the brightest in the world.” The program consists of four days of training workshops, and two days of briefings from participating organizations. EFF will have an information booth where visitors can learn about protecting their digital freedom, and seek legal counsel from EFF staff attorneys. Registration: Tickets are currently $2195 for the conference. Please see the Black Hat website for registration info.

RightsWatch Conference 2013

Date: September 20-21, 2013 Location: Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON The theme of this year’s RightsWatch Conference, presented by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Ryerson University, is “Civil Liberties and Democracy in the Digital Age: Privacy, Media and Free Expression.” Friday’s proceedings will include a keynote speech by former NSA whistleblower William Binney and an evening reception. There will be an all-day conference on Saturday. Panel subjects will range from surveillance, press freedom and citizen journalism to applying access to information requests. There will also be several discussions on the impact of new technologies on concepts of privacy and freedom of expression. It promises to be an informative and illuminating conference, and while the conference takes place in September 2013, early-bird registration is available until August 1, 2013. Registration: Tickets for the general public are $50, while tickets for students and the unwaged are $10 (Early-bird rates). Please see the conference website for registration info.

World Social Science Forum 2013: Social Transformations and the Digital Age

Date: October 13-15, 2013 Location: Palais des congrès, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, QC The World Social Science Forum 2013 is an interdisciplinary conference that will play host to professionals and scholars discussing how emerging digital technologies are impacting social habits and the social sciences. There will be a particular focus on “the negative and potentially dangerous uses and consequences” of digital technologies. Laura Tribe, CJFE’s Web and Social Media Editor, will be participating in a panel titled “Rethinking Freedom of Expression in an Information Society: Challenges and New Opportunities.” This discussion will explore a range of topics, from cyber activism to the impact of the Internet on freedom of information. While the conference takes place in October 2013, registration for this exciting event is still ongoing and closes on July 17, 2013; don’t miss your chance to participate in this exciting dialogue. Registration: Prices vary, please see the WSSF website for registration info.

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