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CONFERENCE

- SCHEDULE -

Below you find a preliminary schedule of Stockholm Model United Nations 2017. Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule to be announce.

THURSDAY 9th NOVEMBER

14:00 - 16:00

Delegate Registrations

The Atrium

16:00 - 17:00

Opening Cermony

The Aula

17:30 - 19:00

Committee Session

Committee Rooms

19:00 - 20:30

Mingle

Juristernas

22:00 -

Club Night

TBA

FRIDAY 10th NOVEMBER

11:00 - 12:00

Lunch

TBA

12:00 - 15:00

Committee Session

Committee Rooms

15:00 - 19:00

Committee Session

Committee Rooms

21:00 - 

Club Night

TBA

SATURDAY 11th NOVEMBER

09:30 - 10:00

Morning Fika

TBA

10:00 - 12:00

Committee Session

Committee Rooms

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

TBA

13:00 - 15:00

Committee Session

Committee Rooms

SUNDAY 12th NOVEMBER

09:30 - 10:00

Morning Fika

TBA

10:00 - 12:00

Closing Ceremony

Aula Magna

12:00 - 16:00

Committee Session

Committee Rooms

16:00 - 18:00

Closing Ceremony

Aula Magna

15:00 - 18:00

Committee Session

Committee Rooms

19:30 - 

Diplomat Dinner

TBA

- COMMITTEES -

2017 Theme:

Transborder Security and Sustainable Development

We are happy to present to you this years theme of Stockholm Model United Nations 2017. Our committees are varied and suit everyone from beginners to veterans. We have strived to come up with topics which are not often discussed and are important to international relations and human rights. We have classed the committees into three difficulty levels, so that delegates can easily find the best balance between topics and expected preparation levels. Stay tuned for more information about the committees for Stockholm Model United Nations 2017.
 

 
 
 

- SPEAKERS -

Stockholm Model United Nations express our gratitude for the speakers at the 2016 conference. At Stockholm Model United Nations, we are always striving to invite the most prominent people, from relevant fields, to give you the opportunity to get up close and personal to real life international politics and relations. Last year we had the great pleasure to host the likes of Aleksander Gabelic, Sven-Eric Söder and Lars Strannegård. Stay tuned for the speakers at Stockholm Model United Nations 2017.

09:00 - 11:00

Lectures

TBA

Topic 1: Domestic Rights in the Digital Age

Topic 2: International Rights in the Digital Age

 

Under-Secretary General: Simon Lindström

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Countries (preliminarily): Azerbaijan, China, Finland, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United States of America

Topic 1: Domestic Rights in the Digital Age

The Digital Age has boosted freedom of expression, facilitated global debate and fostered democratic participation through innovations in improving access to information and real-time communication. However, digitalisation has also brought the capability to conduct simultaneous, invasive, targeted and broad-scale surveillance.

 

The technological platforms used by governments, enterprises and individuals; upon which global political, economic and social life are increasingly reliant; are not only vulnerable to mass surveillance, they may actually facilitate it. People daily, voluntarily, surrender information about themselves, colleagues and their relationships in return for digital access to goods, services, and information. While this could be a conscious choice, the extent to which the consumers are truly aware of the trade-off is questionable. There are also more clear-cut violations like mass surveillance, data-mining, internet shutdown and more. The question arises also about where and how the line should be drawn between hate speech and freedom of expression; zero rating and net neutrality; network discrimination and protection. Resolutions and legislation need to be sufficiently accessible, clear and precise so that an individual may look to the law and ascertain who is authorized, for what and under what circumstances.

 

The Special Session on domestic rights in the Digital Age will discuss the right to privacy, rights to freedom of opinion and expression, and to seek, receive and impart information; to freedom of peaceful assembly and association; and to family life. The committee is sure to provide hours of insightful, intense and passionate debate.


Topic 2: International Rights in the Digital Age

Governments have, for years, monitored and influenced local information technology platforms for their own agenda. This practice today has taken an international stage, where governments, companies and interest groups use online manipulation and disinformation tactics to influence other countries elections and consensus. The practice has become significantly more widespread and technically sophisticated, with bots, propaganda producers, and fake news outlets exploiting social media and search algorithms to ensure high visibility and seamless integration with trusted content. Unlike more direct methods of censorship, such as website blocking or arrests for internet activity, online content manipulation is difficult to detect. It is also more difficult to combat, given its dispersed nature and the sheer number of people and bots employed for this purpose.

 

Such state-led interventions present a major threat to the notion of the internet as a liberating technology while permanently eroding user confidence. With everything from cyber attacks to swaying public opinion, successfully countering content manipulation and restoring trust in internet and information technology services will take time, resources, and creativity. The Special Session on international rights will tackle the contemporary and unexplored subjects of the sovereignty of the member states, the people and the information technology firms that affect them.

 

(No technical knowledge needed)