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Securing Speech: WHRDs and Defamation in the Digital Space

Online Security Panel Discussion

On Thursday 22nd October 2020 at 6pm IST, Front Line Defenders will host the digital and online security discussion ‘Securing Speech: Woman Human Rights Defenders and Defamation in the Digital Space’ exploring themes including online defamation, trolling, and online security arising from Covid-19.


Karlin LillingtonKarlin Lillington is a technology columnist for the Irish Times with a special interest in privacy, data protection, information security, and digital and human rights. She has written for a wide range of other publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, The London Sunday Times, and, and is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences and contributor on radio. She served as a non-executive director of Irish national broadcaster RTE and is currently on the advisory board of The Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin and The Institute for Future Media and Journalism at Dublin City University, and a board member of several arts organisations. She has a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. @klillington


Mohammed Al-Maskati, Front Line Defenders

Mohammed Al-Maskati

Mohammed Al-Maskati is Front Line Defenders' Middle East and North Africa Digital Protection Coordinator and recipient of the Access Now Human Rights Heroes Award 2018.  @MohdMaskati

Runa Sandvik, Digital Security Expert

Runa Sandvik

Runa Sandvik is a computer security expert working on digital security for journalists, founded upon her experiences from working at The New York Times, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and The Tor Project. She is a board member of the Norwegian Online News Association.  @RunaSand

Émna Mizouni, Woman Human Rights Defender

Émna Mizouni is a Tunisian online and human rights activist, a freelance journalist, communications expert and business executive.  @EmnaMizouni

Rosa Luz, Woman Human Rights Defender

Rosa Luz

Rosa Luz is a trans Afro-Brazilian musician and human rights defender who visibilizes two of Brazil’s most marginalized groups through her music and art. She has been on the receiving end of multiple threats on social media for releasing a song addressing racism in the country and calling out politicians for feeding into rascism. 

Rosa was featured in Front Line Defenders’ inaugural issue of the comics zine Cypher.

Rosa Luz Cypher