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[liberationtech] Web Symposium: The Middle East, The Revolution, and the Internet

Adam Fisk adamfisk at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 12:09:52 PST 2011


Any chance this will be recorded?

On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 4:28 PM, Jochai Ben-Avie <jochai at accessnow.org> wrote:
> Dear friends and colleagues,
>
>
>
> I thought you might be interested in the following online event on Thursday
> at 12PM EST
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>
>
> The Middle East, the Revolution, and the Internet live streamed
> at https://www.acessnow.org/live.
>
> Online symposium participants include:
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> · Frank La Rue: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and
> protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
>
> · Marietje Schaake: Dutch Member of the European Parliament
>
> · Jillian York: Harvard University Berkman Center
>
> · Tarek Amr: Egyptian Digital Activist on Global Voices
>
> · Walid Al-Saqaf: Yemeni software developer and journalist
>
> · Al Jazeera Transparency Unit (invited)
>
> · Brett Solomon: Access (Moderator)
>
> It will take place this Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST
> (GMT-5) During the event, you can tweet questions using the #Q4Access
> hashtag or e-mail us at info at accessnow.org.
>
> Background
>
> Tech-utopians and tech-doomsayers continue their debate over the impact of
> the internet on politics and democracy. Meanwhile mass demonstrations have
> spread across the Middle East, causing the downfall of one government and
> putting others on high alert. In each case we know technology has played a
> vital role in mobilizing protestors and transmitting information in real
> time around the globe. The existential threat it plays to a regime has been
> demonstrated by Egypt's internet shutdown. “The Middle East, the Revolution
> and the Internet” brings together experts in the field to discuss and debate
> the issues in real time.
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>
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> Access's live web symposium will examine the impact of new (social) media
> and the internet on political freedom. On the one hand, we can expect
> grassroots activists to make use of technology to facilitate their
> activities. On the other hand, the new era provides opportunities for
> dictators and regimes to survey and monitor like never before. With voices
> from academia to the front line, Access will explore how activists use the
> net, the challenges for state actors, and the likely winners and losers in
> the digital cat and mouse game.
>
>
>
> Please join us for this in-depth and dynamic discussion.
>
>
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> https://www.accessnow.org/live
>
> --
> Jochai Ben-Avie
> Access Policy Analyst
> jochai at accessnow.org
> +1-888-414-0100 x704 (tel)
> JochaiBen-Avie (skype)
>
>
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