DIGITAL COOPERATION DURING COVID-19 AND BEYOND. WEBINAR #5 THEME: “PUBLIC HEALTH, DIGITAL RESPONSES AND HUMAN RIGHTS”. CO-ORGANIZERS: UN AND I.T.U

13TH MAY WEDNESDAY, 09:00-10:30 NEW YORK/15:00-16:0

AN ITU EVENT, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OFFICE OF THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL’S SPECIAL ADVISOR, WORKING ON DIGITAL COOPERATION.

CO-ORGANIZER: UNITED NATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION I.T.U

1ST-FIRST SPEAKER (FABRIZIO HOCHSCHILD):

Digital and Human Rights

 It is thanks to Digital, that we still enjoy Rights to Health, Rights to Education in this pandemic.

Prevalence of Disinformation and derogatory Speech and Abuse on Web.

The moderation of surveillance has been lacking.

Digital movement is a major content for Human Rights.

Hate Speech.

2ND-SECOND SPEAKER (DOREEN BOGDEN):

I.T.U will be 155 years by Sunday (17th May, 2020).

Breaking new grounds, High Level Meeting with Participants all over the World.

Thanks to Digital for discussion. We tackled National possibilities assessment.

Misinformation and threat of take News.

Cybercrime keeping Children Safe Online.

Public Health.

Use of Digital Data is raising concerns, there is need to protect privacy.

The current COVID-19 is forcing us to re-think Technology in the Public Health sectors. Factor in the problem of silos. We need to help Clinics and Hospitals that lack the capacity to face the pandemic, especially in developing Countries.

Ensure Rights to Privacy of contents are in place.

Efforts to ensure Digital Tech that promotes Public Health adhere to Rule of Law.

3RD-THIRD SPEAKER (PEGGY HICKS):

The issues of new Tech in the Public Health sectors. Public Health and Human Rights. How do we balance them, shouldn’t the question, rather we should look at how they go hand-in-hand to each other?

What it means to leverage the potentials of these new Technology. We need to find ways to deploy transparency and learn further.

4TH-FOURTH SPEAKER (HER EXCELLENCY-H.E. KYUNG-WHA KANG, MFA, ROK):

COVID-19 has placed the World in an unprecedented phase of life.

There is a lot, we don’t know about the VIRUS, it spread too fast, but the use of TECH has been helpful to beat the challenges of Speed to #COVID-19. TECH enables us to gather and disseminate DATA in containing and slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Same TECH that allows fast tracking/tracing of COVID-19 poses challenges/threat; it can be in the wrong hands among others.

South Korea uses the three (3) T’s to beat the spread of COVID-19 (i.e. TESTING, TRACING, and TREATMENT). Full disclosure of the causes of the fast spreading of the pandemic is key. Civic responsibilities, free movement is allowed, and economic activities are operational and functioning, instead of adopting the LOCKDOWN and closure of travel ban like other countries.

South Korea have developed an ONLINE PLATFORM of those marked positive of COVID-19. More relaxed phase of Social distancing, while Testing, Tracing and Treatment rudiment is used to trace cases of COVID-19. The Novel Corona Virus Outbreak has brought huge hatred among the Sexual Minority Groups. Government has offered FREE TESTING to “Sexual Minority” can feel safe in visiting the Testing stations. However, Crisis in some Communities, Religious differences has been challenging, including Sexual Minorities and other Vulnerable Groups.

Government of South Korea has won the TRUST of the public by being TRANSPARENT, HONEST in every sense of it, in the fight against COVID-19. In the end, “TECHNOLOGY IS AS GOOD OR BAD AS IT IS USED” and Korea has put the GOOD use of TECH and have won the TRUST of the public (Her Citizens). The VIRUS knows no boundary. Global Cooperation and Coordination among Multi-lateral Corporation is essential. Korea IS READY TO LEARN AND GROW IN FIGHTING AND OVERCOMING COVID-19 and of course PREPARE THE READINESS TO OVERCOME ANY OTHER PREVAILING VIRUS IN THE FUTURE.

5TH-FIFTH SPEAKER (DUNJA MIJATOVIC-COE, COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS):

Democracy does not have sacrifice privacy to Health; Government should find a balance. The Health Imperatives should lead to people’s Right to Live. Once COVID-19 no longer poses threat to lives, all these propounded Decrees and Laws should be withdrawn. Beyond privacy and data inequality, we still need to close Digital Device Inequalities and make sure, it reaches the larger audience(s).

Digital Illiteracy is one of the huge challenges. “NONE SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND”. “No crisis could justify a permanent restriction of fundamental Human Rights.

Key-points of Intervention of Council of Europe Commission for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic here: https://twitter.com/commissionerhr/status/1260554488382881795 and for more information please visit www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/thematic-work/covid-19/

6TH-SIXTH SPEAKER (YOSHUA BEBGIO -Mila-):

When people have symptoms, they change their behavior.

Governance will be managing data for people.

Data trust, Organization that have public interest.

7TH-SEVENTH SPEAKER (STEVE CROWN):

All the way from connectivity to online. For over a century, one of the difficult ways to fight an infection, detecting who contacted it and who is spreading it, but today, with Tech, we can detect it, through “blue-tooth” and other devices. However, we are concerned with privacy. APPLE and GOOGLE collaboration has been helpful in this fight, but we must use TECH to improve Human Rights as well by:

  1. Freedom of Association, b) Potential misuse of other surveillance purposes c) Emergency that might affect Public Health, Dignity of Human Rights should be respected.

@SteveCrown ; Links to the Human Rights Touches Stones mentioned by Steve Crown: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 4, Section 1.

  1. https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/ccpr.aspx
  2. https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/jus/humanrights/HUMR5503/ho9/undervisningsmateriale/siracusaprinciples.pdf

https://www.who.int/tb/features_archive/involuntary_treatment/en/

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/04/20/privacy-COVID-19-data-collection/

https://www.who.int/ethics/publications/public-health-surveillance/en/

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/pages/COVID19Guidance.aspx

8TH-EIGHT SPEAKER (JHUBAUX):

Making use of tools and International Organizations/Companies.

We need to respond swiftly.

@JHubaux that is to think, we can work against knowledge structure gaps.

9TH-NINTH SPEAKER (BERNARDO MARIANO JR.-WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION-W.H. O):

It requires the best of all us to fight and win this virus. We need to get the vaccines available. Tech has been helpful, even though there is Cyber Security. Health Data- Health Care Sector requires Digital Transformation that the Sector Scale through Digital Solutions to fight this pandemic.

If we do not look at Health as Human Rights, we will not be doing Justice. Shared information and good governance are needed among International Organizations and Countries. At the Core of Digital Data, we must ensure those Rights are respected.

W.H.O; Making sure that guidance or measures towards controls are Ethical. Bringing together Countries to regulate Laws/Rules on COVID-19, because it’s a novel Virus. How can we get the best Practices with ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (A.I). This will not be the last “PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS”. Our Digital work here must proceed in a way that inspires “PEOPLE’S TRUST” in the next one just in case.

10TH-TENTH SPEAKER (URS GASSER):

How Digital and Human Rights function: Digital and Analogue poses risks, if not managed. TECH collects large amount of Data and may create issues that may leave us beyond this current “Public Health Crisis”.

The PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR needs to work with PRIVATE HEALTH SECTOR and assess risks of future mutilation of Data for example among others.

Risks that comes with different Technologies as we deploy them. TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY are key to UNLOCK DIGITAL TECH as we fight the Pandemic.

11TH-ELEVENTH SPEAKER:

The way drones are used in Ghana to transport items. We need to STOP POSING DIGITAL TECH AS SOLUTIONS TO EVERYTHING.

WE HAVE BOXED HUMAN RIGHTS INTO A SECTORAL BUSINESS.

DOREEN BOGDAN SPEAKING: In Closing, the COVID-19 Crisis has call for urgent need for us to deal with PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES.

IEEE Ethically Aligned Design for A.I. https://ethicsinaction.ieee.org

12TH-TWELVENTH SPEAKER (MR. ANTONIO ATTOLINI-MEXICO):

Public Health Emergencies should be greatly integrated. Enrolment process through Internet, giving attention to the DISABLED among other VULNERABLES.

FABRIZIO HOCHSCHILD FINAL CLOSING NOTE:

COVID-19 brought out the best of DIGITAL TECH. The Surveillance aspect has been critical in upholding FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT. Problem with the Spread of MISINFORMATION, with CONNECTIVITY and so on. The problems we are facing with TECH, is that MOST WOMEN, more CONNECTIONS mean they will lose out from DIGITAL HEALTH, DIGITAL EDUCATION etc.

FIVE PRIORITIES TO NOTE:

  1. Increased CONNECTIVITY
  2. Increased CONNECTIVITY
  3. Increased CONNECTIVITY
  4. Make Sure the CONNECTIVITY is SAFE and SECURE.
  5. Make sure the CONNECTIVITY PROTECTS HUMAN RIGHTS.

The CONNECTIVITY should be HUMAN RIGHTS Compliance. We need this Multi-Stakeholders Meetings to enable us find common grounds.

Thanks to everyone. We look forward to working together to achieve the needed.

STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY, STAY HUMAN RIGHT COMPLIANCE!

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