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PEACETALKS #36: Attacked for Defending the Land

Guest Speaker:
Emily Jacobi, Chandu Claver, Tara Scurr
Date:
Apr 5, 2017
Time:
6:00 to 7:30PM
Venue:
HiVE Vancouver

Everyday around the globe, men, women and youth speak out in defence of the land and environment and in favour of clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. But in many parts of the world they are killed and imprisoned because their activism challenges the politicians and companies that want to control the use of their lands and resources. Panel members will describe current campaigns and how we can all raise our voice to support defenders of the earth.

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PANELISTS:

EMILY JACOBI, Founder & Executive Director of Digital Democracy, is passionate about leveraging technology to empower marginalized communities. Beginning her career as a youth journalist at the age of 13, she has led technology, media and research projects in Latin America, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the US. Prior to founding Digital Democracy, she worked for Internews Network, AllAfrica.com and as Assistant Bureau Director for Y-Press. Emily has presented on the intersection of technology, civic engagement and human rights to US Congress, the State Department, the United Nations, and numerous universities and technology conferences. Devoted to protecting the environment and democratizing the design process, at Digital Democracy Emily works with the staff and board, oversees strategic planning and development and works directly with grassroots partners to design programs and tools that empower marginalized communities to defend their rights.

CHANDU CLAVER is a tribe member of the Igorot mountain nation of the Northern Philippines, and a physician-surgeon by original profession. Since 1987, he has been an active indigenous rights activist and organizer for the Cordillera Peoples Alliance for the Defense of the Ancestral Domain, and for Self-Determination. He had been involved in the campaign against the “development aggression” of the Philippine State, and the plunder of the ancestral lands and natural resources by local and foreign corporations of the extractive industry. Violently persecuted by the Philippine State in 2006, he was forced to seek refuge in Canada where he was granted political asylum. Presently, he works as a caregiver in a shelter for the homeless in Victoria. He is also the Canada spokesperson for the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance.

TARA SCURR is Amnesty International Canada's Business and Human Rights campaigner. Her first visit to Guatemala in 1993 introduced her to men and women fighting for respect for their basic human rights. In 2006, she joined Amnesty's BHR team and in 2011 participated in Amnesty`s international research mission to Guatemala to investigate the impact of extractives industries on Indigenous peoples.

This event is moderated by PETER WOOD, who currently manages the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot campaign, which seeks to enshrine environmental rights within Canada’s constitution. He has worked on a variety of issues at the nexus of environmental and human rights for over 15 years, including for organizations such as West Coast Environmental Law, Global Witness, IISD, and the UN.

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PeaceGeeks and Amnesty International would like to give special thanks to Lush for making this talk happen.

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Mar 28, 2017
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PEACETALKS #41: Democracy vs. Disinformation - What does it mean for Canada's election?

Guest Speaker:
John Gray, Co-founder of Mentionmapp and Misinfosec Working Group (Lead Contributor) at Credibility Coalition, Lindsay Sample, Manager Editor at The Discourse, Chris Tenove, post-doctoral researcher at UBC, Moderated by videojournalist Nadia Stewart of Global BC
Date:
Jun 26, 2019
Time:
5:30 - 8:00pm
Venue:
HiVE

Doors open - Food & mingling starts @ 5:30 PM
Talk starts @ 6 PM

 

About this talk

From targeted ads to campaign bots, it's become harder than to ever differentiate between fact and misinformation online. As Canadians prepare to hit the polls this October, how ready are we to make an informed vote? 

A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation found that 40% of respondents struggle to differentiate between real and false news stories. And many will recall the robocall scandal of the 2011 elections, directing Ontario voters to erroneous polling locations.

Meanwhile, Facebook Canada has refused to take down doctored content during the federal election campaign, whilst its CEO and COO Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg have ignored the subpoena to testify before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa. 

So, is Canada’s democracy immune from digital interference?

To answer these questions and more:

PeaceGeeks is proud to present Democracy vs. Disinformation: What does it mean for Canada’s election?, the 41st installment of our PeaceTalks speaker series tackling critical issues at the intersection of peace and technology.

Join us for an open conversation with:

  • John Gray, Co-founder of Mentionmapp and Misinfosec Working Group (Lead Contributor) at Credibility Coalition

  • Lindsay Sample, Manager Editor at The Discourse

  • Chris Tenove, post-doctoral researcher at UBC

  • Moderated by videojournalist Nadia Stewart of Global BC

In this informative and timely panel, we navigate how public opinion has been and is being manipulated online, and what Canadians can do to safeguard the integrity of our democratic processes.

Tickets are free or by donation. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.

 

Meet the speakers

 

JOHN GRAY is a Misinfosec Analyst who through his roles with the Credibility Coalition and his company Mentionmapp Analytics researches suspect behaviors and persistent threats operating throughout the information landscape. He thinks that “the bad guys are winning because they have a playbook and toss aside the rulebook, while the good guys read the rulebook but have no playbook.” John's researched and written multiple case studies about synthetic online behaviors and disinformation. He's co-authored the paper “#Kremlin: Using Hashtags to Analyze Russian Disinformation and Audience Engagement” (to be presented at the 2019 American Political Science Association conference) and has collaborated with journalists and publications including Reuters (2019 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting: "Myanmar Burning") and Wired. John has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Communications) and a B.A. (English) both from Simon Fraser University.
 

LINDSAY SAMPLE is the managing editor at The Discourse, an award-winning digital news media company that provides in-depth journalism in local communities. Lindsay has shaped The Discourse's editorial process, executed large partnerships, published research on the state of the industry and is working to build a new model for community-engaged journalism in Canada. Previously, Lindsay was an investigative journalist for CBC Marketplace for three years. She's also completed stints at CBC Radio's As It Happens, produced a radio documentary for The Current, and produced videos for The New York Times.
 

CHRIS TENOVE is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. He teaches and conducts research on the use of digital technologies in politics, focusing on issues of democratic integrity, international relations, political theory and public policy. In November 2018 the Public Policy Forum published a report he co-authored with Heidi Tworek and Fenwick McKelvey, called Poisoning Democracy: How Canada Can Address Harmful Speech Online. Dr. Tenove previously worked as a journalist. His features have appeared Maclean’sThe WalrusCanadian GeographicAdbustersVancouverReader’s Digest Canada, the Globe and MailThe Tyee, and the National Post. As a broadcaster, his documentaries have appeared on CBC Ideas, the Radio Netherlands World Service, and This American Life.
 

NADIA STEWART (Moderator) works as a videojournalist with Global News in Vancouver and has since 2014. She’s spent the last 15 years working in community and local television, with Rogers TV, CBC and The Weather Network, in Ontario, Newfoundland, Alberta and now B.C.

 


 

 

Getting here

The HiVE is a social impact coworking space, located at 210-128 W. Hastings St. (Open in Google Maps) and is a short walk from Waterfront and Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain stations, as well as various bus stops. We are the door next to Body Energy Club on Hastings, buzz #210 to enter, and proceed to the first door up the stairs on your left. 

 

Questions

Reach us at media@peacegeeks.org.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwxwú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

Jun 7, 2019
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PeaceTalk #40: Intersection of Independent Journalism & Elections

Guest Speaker:
King Solomon
Date:
Oct 24, 2018
Time:
6:00 - 7:30pm
Venue:
Hive Vancouver

What does it take to ensure an honest and fair election in a country strife with corruption, exploitation, and armed conflict? Can elevating the voices of independent journalists foster transparency and open dialogue, or simply increase polarization in an already divided nation?

These are just a few of the questions facing the Democratic Republic of Congo as it heads towards its election in December. Though widely unreported, the DRC is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. Violent clashes between government and rebel forces are becoming increasingly common, spilling into the North Kivu and Ituri provinces, affecting a growing number of civilian populations. Attacks on local villages have resulted in the deaths of hundreds, forcing thousands to flee to neighbouring Uganda, and other other large cities within the DRC.

Amid this crisis, PeaceGeeks, in collaboration with the African Student Association and Bunia Actualite, an independent news organization operating in the DRC, are proud to host Congo: intersection of independent journalism and elections, a talk featuring King Solomon and guests for what promises to be an engaging talk surrounding the challenges and opportunities facing the DRC ahead of its general election in December, and the important role of independent journalism.

About King Solomon

King Solomon is an SFU International Relations major who arrived to Canada from the Congo as a refugee in 09. Since then, he's helped establish the website buniaactualite.com; one of the only independently-run news organizations in the DRC. Since it's conception in Oct 2017, it's gained significant traction both on its website, and it's facebook page (started in 2015), which has over 111,000 followers.

 

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Oct 4, 2018
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PEACETALKS #39: Media & Refugee Narratives

Guest Speaker:
Date:
Sep 13, 2018
Time:
6:00 - 7:30PM
Venue:
Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch), Peter Kaye Room

Panel Discussion
The news media plays an essential role in how we perceive refugees and asylum-seekers, which raises the question of what is their responsibility when reporting their stories. This panel discussion will explore the current representation of refugees and asylum-seekers in the media, its positive and negative impacts, and the potential of journalism to transcend stereotypes.


Speakers include:

  • Jean-Nicolas Beuze, Representative for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Canada
  • Peter Klein, Emmy Award-winning journalist and Executive Director of the Global Reporting Centre
  • Alia Dharssi, Vancouver-based journalist and editor who has written widely on immigration and refugee issues.
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Sep 6, 2018
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6 PM

PEACETALKS #38: PeaceTalk with the White Helmets in Vancouver

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Date:
Apr 5, 2018
Time:
6:00 - 8:00PM
Venue:
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue - Asia Pacific Hall

PeaceGeeks and SFU International are pleased to present an exclusive opportunity to hear from three frontline members of the White Helmets in person, in a ‘PeaceTalk’ public panel dialogue here in Vancouver. Also known as Syria Civil Defense, the White Helmets are a Nobel Peace Prize nominated volunteer organization that conducts urban search and rescue of civilians in response to bombings in Syria. Formerly shopkeepers, bakers, teachers and ordinary citizens, these unarmed volunteers have saved over 100,000 lives since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011.

 

The upcoming PeaceTalk will include a brief video introduction to the White Helmets’ work followed by a moderated panel discussion with open Q&A between attendees and the White Helmets volunteers.

 

About the White Helmets

The White Helmets, officially known as Syria Civil Defence, is a volunteer organization that actively conducts urban search and rescue of civilians injured by bombings or trapped under the rubble of destroyed buildings in Syria. Formerly shopkeepers, bakers, teachers and ordinary citizens, these unarmed volunteers have saved over 100,000 lives since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, earning them a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2016.

A recent documentary film about the White Helmets also won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2017.

 

Mar 22, 2018
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Time 2:
6 PM

PEACETALKS #37: Reconciliation through Indigenous Innovation

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Date:
May 18, 2017
Time:
6:00 - 7:30PM
Venue:
HiVE

Canada has not yet come to understand the powerful contribution Indigenous people have, and will continue to make, once access to digital and connected technologies is made possible and equitable. As the original innovators and technological experts on these territories since the time of our indigenous ancestors, we can only imagine what advancements will be designed and implemented by our nation's best and brightest minds. How may we understand reconciliation in this context? What initiatives are already on this sharp edge of social change? How can we deepen our commitment to fair access, reconciliation and reconciliation through innovation?

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PANELISTS

 

DENISE WILLIAMS (technologycouncil.ca) is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She is an advocate for social justice and has spent her career seeking out opportunities to play a role in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty. She is known for her early involvement and leadership in new and innovative initiatives addressing reconciliation and economic development leveraging technology and within the technology space. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities and leadership in British Columbia to address specific capacity building efforts in education and technology. She has worked federally, provincially and locally with a genuine approach to collaboration and partnership development that builds strong networks capable of moving critical initiatives to the forefront. Denise has an MBA from Simon Fraser University and specializes in social enterprise business development.

 

ALEXANDER DIRKSEN (alexanderdirksen.com): A proud Métis policy wonk, Alexander is passionate about helping to craft an inclusive and equitable future for our country through the meaningful advancement of reconciliation. Currently based at Reconciliation Canada (Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement) and the Banff Forum (Operations Manager), Alexander has also served as a nonprofit consultant on projects for SFU RADIUS and as a researcher at the Centre for Global Research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Alexander holds an M.A. in Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a B.A. (with Honours) in International Studies from Simon Fraser University.

 

JEFF WARD (animikii.com) is the founder and CEO of the technology company, Animikii Indigenous Technology (Animikii). Jeff is a proud Manitoban - Métis and Ojibwe on his father’s side and European on his mother’s side - but now resides in Victoria, BC and works on the traditional territory of the Songhees People. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur; he’s launched a variety of businesses and his track record as an entrepreneur reaches back to his high school years. Jeff first launched Animikii in 2003 and has orchestrated and managed its growth ever since. He is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and building mutually-beneficial partnerships. Everything he does in business is geared towards supporting and uplifting his family, his communities and the Indigenous population of Canada overall.

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This PeaceTalk is hosted in partnership with the First Nations Technology Council. We would also like to extend a thank you to Amnesty International and LUSH for making our PeaceTalks possible.

All donations for this event will go towards the HiVE's #LoveForALift fund: to install a platform stairlift up its flight of 30 stairs, making the community hub for social impact inclusive and accessible for folks of all abilities.

About the First Nations Technology Council

The First Nations Technology Council is an enterprising non-profit that was created by First Nations communities and endorsed by the First Nations Leadership Council with a vision and a mandate to lead the advancement of digital technologies in First Nations communities in BC. The Technology Council plays a specific role in convening communities, government, academic institutions and the social innovation sector to facilitate the development of digital ecosystems that are balanced in approach, harmonious with First Nations values and sustainable in operational and growth strategy. With digital skills development at the heart of its purpose and work, the Technology Council offers a unique opportunity to get involved in building an Indigenous technology ecosystem led by First Nations and ground-breaking in the province.


 

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Apr 24, 2017
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6 PM

PEACETALKS #35: Women's Human Rights at Risk

Guest Speaker:
TBA
Date:
Mar 2, 2017
Time:
6:00 7:30PM
Venue:
HiVE Vancouver

In light of recent women's marches and events, PeaceGeeks in partnership with Amnesty International would like to present PeaceTalk #35: Women's Human Rights at Risk.

This talk aims to uncover how women and girls around the world are disproportionately impacted by mega-projects and resource extraction. Too often, the economic development model adopted by government violates Indigenous land rights, threatens Indigenous cultures, and heightens the risk that Indigenous women and girls will experience violence.

This event is moderated by Alexandra Harrison-Catchpole, member of Amnesty International Canada's National Board of Directors and former Amnesty International fieldworker in Vancouver. Alex holds an MA ('13) in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, currently studies law, and brings a background of research and involvement in grassroots activism and intersections between feminist and labour organizations.

In the lead up to International Women's Day, panel members will speak to the challenges and offer some ways forward. Panelist bios coming soon!

PeaceGeeks would like to extend a big thank you to Lush for making this event possible.

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Feb 16, 2017
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6 PM

PEACETALKS #34: Talking About Racism In Canada

Guest Speaker:
Seemi Ghazi, Kory Wilson, Hope Sealy
Date:
Feb 8, 2017
Time:
6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Venue:
HiVE Vancouver

After a year that brought us the lows of a xenophobic Brexit campaign and the (re-)normalization of racial politics in the US, many progressives around the world are looking at Canada as a beacon of hope for diversity and multiculturalism. Yet, Canada is neither free from oppressive and divisive ideologies nor immune to their open resurgence—and the country is struggling to confront this reality: “People in Canada generally will do anything to avoid talking about race,” says Desmond Cole, a Toronto-based journalist and activist.

So how do we talk about racism in Canada to affect positive change? On February 8, Peace Talks explores this question with a panel of speakers who have deep experience in confronting racism. Guest moderator Robert Daum - Fellow for Diversity & Innovation at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue - will facilitate a conversation with Seemi Ghazi, Kory Wilson and Hope Sealy.

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Jan 6, 2017
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6 PM to 7 PM

PEACETALKS #33: Challenging Extremism in Online Spaces

Guest Speaker:
Adel Iskandar
Date:
Oct 4, 2016
Time:
6:00 - 7:30pm
Venue:
HiVE Vancouver

This talk is part 2 of April 2015 PeaceTalk on Interorogating ISIS: Digital Terrorism, Digital Response.

Since the summer of 2014, the international media has been mesmerized with the spectre of ISIS, a radical jihadist militia in Syria, which has rapidly expanded the territory under its control in recent months to Iraq, Libya and other conflict zones in the Middle East. Yet despite considerable coverage, very little is known about where they come from, their appeal, and their messaging short of the gruesome videos they produce to maximize reach.

This PeaceTalk will offer a historical background to explain where ISIS comes from and how they have leveraged digital media to recruit and radicalize supporters in the region and internationally. This talk will also explore popular cultural resistance against ISIS in Muslim-majority countries. Finally it will touch on contemporary policy and discourse implications of ISIS' media discourse.

About the Speaker:

Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution (AUCP/OUP), Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books), Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation (University of California Press), Mediating the Arab Uprisings (Tadween Publishing), and Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring (Palgrave Macmillan). Iskandar's work deals with media, identity and politics and has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. He has given hundreds of interviews to national and international media outlets on global politics and communication. Before joining SFU, Iskandar taught for several years at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is a co-editor of popular e-zine Jadaliyya.
 

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Sep 12, 2016
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6 PM to 7 PM

PeaceTalk #32: Tech for Ending Violence Against Women

Guest Speaker:
Rebecca Chiao, HarassMap, Jessica Ladd, Sexual Health Innovations , Denise Williams, First Nations Technology Council
Date:
Mar 9, 2016
Time:
6:00pm
Venue:
The Hive Vancouver

How is technology being developed and deployed to track and prevent violence against women and girls? Come join a lively discussion on how technology is contributing to safety and security for women and girls around the world. Panel members will include Rebecca Chiao with HarassMap, Denise Williams with the First Nations Technology Council, and Jessica Ladd with Sexual Health Innovations. This event will be moderated will be Soudeh Jamshidian.

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Mar 7, 2016
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Time 2:
6 PM

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