June 4, 2024 - 5:00am PDT to June 5, 2024 - 11:00am PDT

Palestine Digital Activism Forum (not EFF) will host this event. EFF's Jillian York will be speaking.

Palestine Digital Activism Forum

From the Organizers:

Palestine Digital Activism Forum (PDAF) 2024 aims to put Palestinian digital rights as a priority both regionally, and globally, in an attempt to mobilize an intersectional struggle for a safe, fair and free digital space for all. AI technologies have already started to shape our lives, and they will soon have an even greater impact on the world. The Palestinian experience shows us that we must be cautious when it comes to AI. In convening allies from civil society, academia, industry as well as activists and human rights defenders, we hope to start the necessary conversation around ensuring AI is developed with the respect and dignity of peoples in mind.


Tuesday, June 4, 2024
2:oo pm - 9:00 pm (Jerusalem Time)

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
2:oo pm - 8:00 pm (Jerusalem Time)





Event Requirements:

Online registration is required.

Talk Highlight: AI in Times of War: Gaza, Automated Warfare, Surveillance, and the Battle of Narratives 

This session will discuss how AI has been weaponized against Palestinian people in the context of war and occupation. It will explore how AI is used in military and surveillance contexts, such as the use of the Gospel target-generating system during the war on Gaza, and the use of AI facial recognition surveillance technologies across the occupied territory. It will also explore the risks of automated content moderation, generative tools, and data set biases in systems which often lead to discriminatory practices, dehumanization, and a false understanding of what is happening in Palestine and Israel.

About the Speaker:

Jillian C. York is EFF's Director for International Freedom of Expression and is based in Berlin, Germany. Her work examines state and corporate censorship and its impact on culture and human rights, with a focus on historically marginalized communities. At EFF, she leads coalitions, writes about state and corporate censorship, and contributes to various other areas of the organization's work. Jillian is the author of Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism (Verso, 2021) and has written for Motherboard, MIT Technology Review, and WIRED, among others. She is a visiting professor at the College of Europe Natolin in Warsaw. She is also a regular speaker at global events.

More about Palestine Digital Activism Forum

7amleh: The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media launched the first Palestine Digital Activism Forum in 2017, and since then it has become one of 7amleh’s annual events.

The PDAF aims to:
-Provide a platform to discuss the challenges that Palestinians face the Palestinian civil society to protect Palestinian digital rights and digital activists working on the Palestinian cause in a positive and constructive manner.
-Provide a space for exchanging social media experiences and expertise in order to develop social media activism inside and outside Palestine and to develop strategies to address the serious challenges and threats faced by digital activists.
-Link the work of local organizations and movements with international counterparts to exchange experiences and to find solutions to the dilemmas they face and ways to cooperate and coordinate actions.

This event is organized not by EFF, but by Palestine Digital Activism Forum.