Trust Conference is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s flagship annual event and a leading human rights forum. Normally held in the heart of London each year, the conference brings together some 600 delegates from diverse sectors representing more than 60 countries. In 2020 and 2021, the forum has moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous speakers have included Nobel Laureate and social entrepreneur Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chief Executive at Oxfam GB Danny Sriskandarajah, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon, Creative Director of Eco Age Ltd Livia Firth, Technical Research Manager at Stanford Internet Observatory Renée DiResta, Associate Director at UCLA and author of ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ Safiya Noble and Co-Founder and Director of Tandem Research Urvashi Aneja.
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Changing the narrative: Climate change as a human rights risk
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Making a ‘Just Transition’: Will the future of work be truly inclusive?
Achieving ‘Net-zero’: The world’s next moonshot?
Leveraging ESG momentum for social good
The business case for inclusive economies
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The impact of financial vulnerability on news outlets’ editorial independence
In partnership with the Internet Society
Global threats to encryption
New laws and regulations from countries around the world threaten to weaken encryption with law enforcement agencies claiming that access to private communications is needed to catch criminals online. Yet, encryption and particularly end-to-end encryption play a critical role in protecting our day-to-day digital activities. Callum Voge, Government Affairs and Policy Manager at the Internet Society, a non-profit organisation that supports the Internet as a force for good in society, will provide an overview of encryption policy around the world. A diverse panel representing vulnerable communities will follow, including LBQT+ groups and professions that rely the most on encryption. Panelists will discuss what government efforts to weaken encryption would mean for their communities, their advocacy and for society in general.
In partnership with Jigsaw
The Human Cost of Internet Shutdowns
Over the last decade, the frequency, severity and duration of government-imposed internet shutdowns has been fast accelerating. Used to quash dissent and stifle democratic participation, shutdowns are a blunt tool that strip individuals of their human rights, and cause untold damage to economies, education, and healthcare. Scott Carpenter, Director of Policy and International Engagement from Jigsaw, a unit at Google that explores threats to open societies, will outline the tactics authoritarian governments have used to impose internet shutdowns and will explore the many consequences they hold. A panel with Access Now, Censored Planet, Internet Society and Jigsaw will follow, detailing the technology and movements that are working to secure a free and open future for the internet.
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The race for cyber sovereignty
Defending media freedom: Introducing the ‘Legal Network for Journalism at Risk’
Diversity in the newsroom: Ensuring a plurality of voices
Journalists under attack: How online and real world threats risk limiting women’s participation in journalism
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