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Panel discussion on technology, human rights, & international security in the 21st century

February 1, 2016

Toronto, ON – On Tuesday, February 2, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, please join us for a panel discussion on the intersection between digital technology, human rights and international security in the 21st century, featuring Ramzi Jaber, Timothy Quinn, Jake Hirsch Allen, and Dr. Taylor Owen. The roundtable will take place from 7:00PM to 9:00PM in the Music Room of the Hart House Building, at 7 Hart House Circle.

Advancement in digital technology has brought about new challenges and opportunities for the international community and our collective quest for peace and security, especially in the face of the rising place of non-state actors. This panel will bring together a panel of experts on the related topics. There will be an opportunity for Q/A with the audience following the presentations.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are free of charge. To register, please access our Eventbrite page at

This event is co-sponsored by the International Relations Society at U of T, Canadian-Arab Institute, Hart House Debates Committee, and CIC’s


Ramzi Jaber
Ramzi is the co-founder of Visualizing Impact, an interdisciplinary organization that specializesin data visualization, technology and data journalism creating visual stories on social issues. Jaber is also co-founder of (OC), an award-winning space where communities crowdsource instances of censorship enacted by private online platforms. Jaber’s work has been featured in various internationally-acclaimed publications, and he has given talks at Google Mountain view and a TEDx Talk at TEDxSummit in Doha. During the Spring of 2012 Jaber was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law as a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Jaber has also just been recently selected as an Ashoka Fellow and as a 2016 Ford- Mozilla Open Web Fellow.

Timothy Quinn
Timothy Quinn is Director of Technology with The Sentinel Project, a Canadian NGO which endeavours to mitigate the risk of mass atrocities through early warning intervention and community peace-building, and is the creator of the organization’s Hatebase and WikiRumours software. Quinn’s work for The Sentinel Project has been profiled in various publications. Quinn is an accomplished author and instructor who has taught at NYU and CUNY, and he currently contributes his time as a Lead Advisor (Philippines) with the Canadian Executive Service Organization and as a Director with Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservatory.

Jake Hirsch-Allen
Jake Hirsch-Allen is a former startup and intellectual property lawyer who is currently a partner at Functional Imperative, a digital innovation and software development company. Hirsch-Allen also recently founded Lighthouse Labs. In addition, he is a senior manager at Incentives for Global Health, the non-profit proposing the Health Impact Fund. He also works part-time as Director of Business Development for the Multiplicity Accelerator and Cobalt Counsel, and advises a number of high-tech startups. Aside from his his current positions, Hirsch-Allen has significant experience in the private and public sectors in Canada and abroad including clerking for the Supreme Court of Israel, interning at Human Rights Watch and on Radovan Karadzic and Ieng Thirith’s defense teams at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

Dr. Taylor Owen
Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School and the founder and Editor of He was previously the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and has held research positions at Yale University, The London School of Economics and The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo where his work focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was a Trudeau Scholar. He has held Banting Postdoctoral and Action Canada Fellowships and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Dr. Owen is also an author of several notable books.

The Responsibility to Protect, also referred to as RtoP or R2P, is an international principle coined in 2001 under the leadership of the Canadian government and later adopted at the 2005 World Summit by 150 heads of government. R2P states that when sovereign states are unable or unwilling to fulfill their responsibility to protect their own populations from mass atrocities such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the international community has the responsibility to do so.

The Canadian Centre for R2P, based at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, is a leading Canadian, non-partisan and non-profit research organization dedicated to scholarly engagement and political implementation of the R2P principle. The CCR2P is running a campaign this year on “R2P at Crossroads: Ten Years since the 2005 World Summit.” (

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tina Park
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect | 1-416-828-2361|

Kelsey Wiseman
Co-Director of Media Relations
Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect | 1-514-519-2547|