Digital Testimonies

Saturday 02 November 2019, 16:00
Coronet Theatre, Studio

In 2018, YouTube removed 58 million videos due to the platform’s rules on fake, extremist or inappropriate content. Governments are taking action to tighten regulation on social medias. On the other hand, international courts and human rights groups rely on uncensored social media evidence for their investigations. Content moderation is a crucial issue in our digital time: who decides what we can or can’t see online, what gets to stay and what is erased? In this extraordinary panel discussion, an Italian expert asks two leading researchers and activists about their experience in the field of online freedom and documentation, their concerns and predictions for the future.

This event will be in English.

Running time: 80 minutes.


Abdulwahab Tahhan

researches citizen documentation on the war in Syria and refugee-related issues. Previously, he worked for nongovernmental organisation Airwars, investigating civilian harm from international airstrikes by using open-source data. A visiting lecturer at UAL, he also features in The cleaners, the award-winning documentary about the work of online content moderators.

Dia Kayyali

coordinates tech and advocacy work at WITNESS, the leading international organisation promoting the use of video and technology to defend human rights. Dia also worked for the Electronic Frontier Foundation focusing on surveillance, anonymity, digital security, and free expression online. Their writing has been featured in Vice, Quartz, and the Parallax.


Antonella Napolitano

works on issues of cybersecurity and biometrics at Privacy International, a UK-based charity promoting the human right of privacy throughout the world. Previously, she led the programme on civil liberties in the digital age at CILD, the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights.