This workshop, presented by the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Instagram in the MENA region, helps us learn the best practices for building a community through the Instagram platform while learning the tactics and mechanisms to reach new audiences and increase the involvement and participation of your followers through this platform.
The Palestinian narrative has been subject to systematic distortion since the 1948 Nakba. The allegations of a land without people and that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is religion-based grabbed attention and spread across international media. This propaganda created stereotypes of the Palestinians and their cause. With the spread of social media and the global surge in their use, Israeli discrimination and persecution against Palestinians have crawled into the digital space. The Israeli government has systematically endeavored to track and erase the Palestinian content on the internet through various means. However, many Palestinian organizations and initiatives find in cyberspace and social media an ample window of opportunity to spread and publish Palestinian narrative and untold stories across international media dominated by the Israeli allegations. Therefore, this session serves a pulpit for Palestinian organizations and initiatives – working on safeguarding and spreading the Palestinian narrative with all its political, social and rights-related texture and nuance– to present their experience in creating such content and discuss the challenges the faced along the way.
Second Session: The Cat is Out of the Bag - Responding to Surveillance Technologies in Palestine and Around the Globe
Under the pretext of the pandemic, most countries worldwide have used different surveillance technologies, either to track phone locations, facial recognition, drones, heat cameras and many other mechanisms. In Palestine, people had been more familiar with this kind of technology due to the Israeli military occupation use of these technologies to be tested on Palestinians before selling it to other regimes. Over this session, we are supposed to focus on the profiting from surveillance technologies. The intersectional struggle between people in the world to resist these privacy violations against them will also highlight how the pandemic has been shortened many years to spread surveillance technologies against people. Finally, we will try to put forward a set of recommendations on the future outlook to combat this type of privacy violation.
Privacy and data protection stand to be problematic in the Arab region due to the lack of data protection legislation or inadequate legal framework. This situation increased individual digital rights violations, specifically the right to privacy, as authorities and regimes misuse personal data and make them accessible by state security services without notifying the users or obtaining their consent. Therefore, this session sheds light on privacy and data protection in the Arab region, providing examples from Egypt, Jordan and Palestine to showcase the fate of the citizens’ right to privacy and data protection.
The “”Communicating Palestine”” project searches for new and creative ways to convey the Palestinian reality to the world through international media. Iona Vieira and Inas Abdel Razek will show us how this project uses digital narration to representPalestinians wherever they are and tell their narratives.
Palestinians constantly criticize the policies of social media platforms and consider them unjust and biased at times. Hence, PDAF invited Facebook representatives to discuss the policies, strategies, and tools used by FB to manage the Palestinian content on the platform. Should you have any questions concerning the FB policies governing the Palestinian content, please frame them ready to be raised at the session.