The newest episode of the Democracy in Question podcast, hosted by Central European University (CEU) President and Rector, Shalini Randeria, features Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression.
The first woman ever to hold this mandate, Khan is an internationally recognized advocate for human rights, gender equality and social justice. She was Secretary-General of Amnesty International from 2001 to 2009, and Director-General of the International Development Law Organization from 2010 to 2019. She's also been consulting editor of Bangladesh's largest English newspaper, "Daily Star".
The latest episode "Freedom of Expression in an Unequal World" released on February 9 explores the challenges generated by the digital age and their impact on freedom of expression. What threats does disinformation pose to democracy? Why are minorities unable to exercise their right to free expression equally in the digital space? And how can big data and tech corporations be subject to accountability and regulation?
For each episode of Democracy in Question, Randeria invites a leading scholar or public figure to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. Listen to the trailer and subscribe here.
Series three of Democracy in Question is produced in partnership with the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (AHCD) where Randeria is a Senior Fellow. ACHD and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna co-produced seasons one and two of the podcast.