Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM)
Chairs: Jun-Davinci Choi & Lucas Kim
Topic A: Rights of Protesters
The right to protest and assemble with fellow citizens is critical to a functioning democracy. However, this right is sometimes violated by law enforcement officials who impede free expression. Police crackdown on demonstrations through mass arrests, illegal use of force, and curfews, curtailing protesters by designating “free-speech zones,” and gathering information on innocents through surveillance citing their association or proximity to protests have demonstrated the myriad of ways in which law enforcement has attempted to curtail the freedom of expression of protesters.
Topic B: Media/Censorship, Privacy in the Digital Age
Censorship refers to the suppression of ideas and information that certain persons find objectionable. Censors pressure public institutions to suppress or remove information that they find objectionable from public access. The suppression of materials is based on the imposition of particular political or moral values on others. Commonly censored materials include criticism of the government, political dissatisfaction, and advocacy of unpopular ideas. Mass surveillance is also a form of censorship since it can lead to self-censorship, when people know that the authorities are watching over their communications.