Panel: "Stories from the Field—A View of the Internet from the Global South"

 August 1st, 11:00am-12:00pm
Decentralized Web Summit 2018
Front End Stage

Speakers: Wendy Hanamura, Director of Partnerships, Internet Archive (emcee); 

Moderator: Matt Davis , Mediacurrent , Director of Emerging Technology

Panelists: Nighat Dad , Digital Rights Foundation , Founder
Nicolas Pace , AlterMundi , Member
Cecilia Maundu , Kenya Broadcasting Corporation , Broadcast Journalist & Digital Security Trainer
Sarah Bowers , NetFreedom Pioneers , Outreach Coordinator

In Stories From The Field, we invite allies from around the globe to reflect on the places, people, and moments they have encountered that inspire them build towards a more equitable and secure world. Together, we will travel through Iran, Pakistan, Ecuador, Kenya, and beyond on a journey to better understand the "why" behind decentralization: why it is necessary, why it is urgent, and why we must create it together?

Matt Davis
Space Steward

Matt Davis is a storyteller, community builder, and technologist, with a fascination for emerging technology and its impact on human and civilizational possibility. While deeply skeptical about tech’s ability to save us from the metacrisis we’ve created for ourselves, Matt finds hope in the ways it might distribute power more equitably while expanding our sense of radical interconnectedness. He seeks to support the people and projects working in those areas.



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Sarah Bowers
Outreach Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Sarah Bowers works as an Outreach Coordinator for NetFreedom Pioneers. With a background in international education and nonprofit work, Sarah’s passion lies in cross-cultural inquiry and analyzing the ethics and effectiveness of international development efforts. With these interests she has joined NFP in rethinking the social impact of technology. 


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Nicolás Pace
Association for Progressive Communications

Nicolás Pace is a member of AlterMundi A.C., a grassroots organization supporting rural underserved communities in their pursue for creating their own telecommunications infrastructure, their own piece of internet. In doing so, Nicolas has traveled to more than 15 countries, getting to know most of the community networks out there, and getting to understand the diversity and complexity of the matter. One of the latest actions he has been undertaking has been working together with REDES A.C., a grassroots organization from Mexico in supporting first nation communities. Within AlterMundi he has also been involved in the Decentralized Repository of Culture, a P2P project that tries to find a way around the digital culture distribution, involving everyone in the process: creators, curators, enthusiasts.


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Cecilia Maundu
Broadcast Journalist, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Cecilia Mwende Maundu is broadcast journalist working for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, which is the state broadcaster in Kenya. Cecilia is also a filmmaker with her interest being documentary filmmaking. Ms Maundu is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where she did a Bachelor of Arts and later proceeded to do master of Arts in communication at the same university. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in communication Studies at Moi University in Kenya. 

Ms Maundu is an independent digital security consultant and runs an independent digital security firm. She trains people, in particular women, journalists’ human rights defenders and members of the LGBT community how to stay safe online where they are the most vulnerable. Cecilia is on the quest to make sure that even the most vulnerable feel safe online. She is also a User experience expert (UX), and leads trainings on collecting feedback and evaluates how effective online security tools are. All this in creating a holistic approach to digital security. Cecilia is addicted to everything on digital security!



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Nighat Dad
Founder, Digital Rights Foundation

​Nighat Dad is the ​Founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Pakistan, She has run the DRF since it was established in 2012, and has been a practicing lawyer since 2007, where she worked on civil​,​ criminal​ and now cyber​ litigation​. ​

Nighat has been an affiliate for Internet and Society at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University from 2016 to 201​8​, USA. Prior to this, she completed a certification in Internet Governance from the Diplo Foundation in 2011. She was TIME Magazine’s next generation leader in 2015, and received the Tulip Award​ from Dutch Govt​ as well as the Atlantic Council Freedom Award in 2016. She was a TED Fellow in 2017, and is on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Young Global Leaders 2018 list.​ Nighat has also established regions first cyber harassment helpline in Pakistan in 2016.​



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