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Internet at Liberty 2012: Promoting Progress and Freedom

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 26, 2012 04:17 AM
Following the highly successful Internet at Liberty 2010, activists and experts from around the world converged on May 23-24 to explore the most pressing dilemmas and exciting opportunities around free expression in the digital age.

The Internet as a global, free, and open resource, is constantly developing. Over the past year we have seen how the Internet can shift power, broaden scope, and accelerate political and economic change. Simultaneously, governments and multinational companies shape what is possible online. Today, more than any time in history, technological and political forces are colliding to draw lines about how the Internet functions.

Internet at Liberty 2012, sponsored by Google, brought together global activists and representatives of academic centers, corporations, governments, the media and NGOs. The conference explored ways to expand the free flow of information online. Look for debates about today's most pressing internet freedom issues, and action-oriented workshops.

Agenda

Youtube = streamed live on the CitizenTube YouTube channel at youtube.com/citizentube

May 23, 2012

   8:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

  9:30 a.m.-
10:00 a.m.

Welcome & IntroductionYoutube

10:00 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.

Plenary I Youtube

Debate 1: Should laws and regulations that affect the Internet favor individuals over the state?

Speakers:

John Kampfner - Author and historian

Noomane Fehri - Tunisian National Constitutional Assembly

Renata Avila - Lawyer and Advocate for Transparency, Global Voices

Stewart Baker - Former Assistant Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security

Susan Glasser - Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy

11:30 a.m. -
11:45 a.m

Break

11:45 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.

Break-out Discussions

1.00 p.m. -
2:15 p.m.

Lunch

2:15 p.m. -
3:45 p.m.

Workshop I

Choice of workshops:
  • New Frontiers in Citizen Journalism
  • Economics of Internet Freedom
  • Mobile Security Survival Guide: What Every Activist and Rights Defender Needs to Know About Communicating More Safely
  • Video for Change: How To Create, Share and Use Video for Impact and Attention
  • Social media: Strategies & tools for advocacy campaigns
  • Shielding the Messenger: Protecting platforms for free expression

3:45 p.m. -
4:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

Research Displays

4:45 p.m. -
5:30 p.m.

Plenary II

Debate 2: Is the Internet--and global communication among citizens--best served by today's organic mix of governing forces, or do we need a more centralized, global system?

Speaker:

Ben Wagner - European University Institute

Gary Fowlie - Head, ITU Liaison Office to the United Nations

Riz Khan (Moderator) - Reporter, Al Jazeera English

5:45 p.m. -
7.00 p.m.

Reception

Research Displays
7.00 p.m.

Dinner

Keynote Panel

Speaker:

Riz Khan - International Journalist, Television Host, Author at Al Jazeera English

Sana Saleem

Chiranuch “Jiew” Premchaiporn

See the original agenda in Google News

May 24, 2012

8:30 a.m. -
9.00 a.m
Registration & Breakfast
  9.00 a.m. -
10.00 a.m.

Plenary III Youtube

Research Lightning Round

Speaker:

Guy Berger, Mapping Digital Media Around the World

Jeffrey Ghannam, Digital Media After the Arab Spring

Katrin Verclas, Mobile Monitor

Nadim Kobeissi, Securing Private Networks with Cryptocat

Lucas Dixon, DDOS Protection

Sarah Kendzior, The Impact of Social Media in Azerbaijan

Claudio Ruiz, Freedom of Expression in Chile

Christopher Fabian, uReport: UNICEF Innovations

Nicklas Lunblad, Internet Freedom as Economics Issue

Zeynep Tufekci

10.00 a.m. -
11.00 a.m.
Morning Break
Research Displays
11.00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop II

Choice of workshops:
  •  New Frontiers in Citizen Journalism
  • Economics of Internet Freedom
  • Mobile Security Survival Guide: What Every Activist and Rights Defender Needs to Know About Communicating More Safely
  • Video for Change: How To Create, Share and Use Video for Impact and Attention
  • Social Media: Strategies & tools for advocacy campaigns
  • Shielding the Messenger: Protecting platforms for free expression


Lunch

1.30 p.m. -
3.00 p.m.

Plenary IV Youtube

Debate 3: In a world where nearly nine out of ten Internet users are not American, what is the responsibility of United States institutions in promoting internet freedom?

Speaker:

Sunil Abraham - Centre for Internet and Society

Cynthia Wong - Center for Democracy and Technology

Mohamed El Dahshan - writer, journalist

Dunja Mijatović - OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Judy Woodruff (Moderator) - Senior Correspondent, PBS Newshour

3.00 p.m. -
4.00 p.m.

Closing Session


See the original agenda in Google News

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