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[liberationtech] Feb. 7th Media Access Project Forum: The Global Internet and the Free Flow of Information

Mera Szendro Bok meraszendro at
Thu Jan 26 11:32:47 PST 2012

Dear Liberation Tech Community,

Please join Media Access Project <>(MAP) on
Tuesday, February 7th, 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the Pew DC Conference Center for
part two of MAP’s fifth annual Forum Series. *Please RSVP to Mera Szendro
Bok at mera at*

*The entire series is free and open to the public*. *Continental breakfast
will be available.*

*Ben Scott*, Policy Advisor for Innovation at the Office of the Secretary
of State, *US Department of State *(invited)

*Bob Boorstin*, Director, Corporate and Policy Communications at *Google*

*Cynthia Wong*, Director, *Center for Democracy and Technology,  Project on
Global Internet Freedom* bio <>*

*David Sullivan*, Policy and Communications Director, *Global Network
Initiative* bio <>
 *Christopher Soghoian*, Security and Privacy Researcher

*Additional speakers TBA*

 *The Global Internet and the Free Flow of

Events throughout the world have highlighted the role that the Internet
plays in influencing the civil engagement, revolutions and the political
process. The creation and deployment of free social technologies has
reduced the barriers for individuals and groups who create and distribute
their own content and those using technologies to organize groups or
movements. As a result, some governments see the Internet as a threat to
stability and seek to minimize its influence. Others seek to create a
domestic Internet environment by placing barriers to content from other
countries. Still other countries see their role as facilitating the
creation of an unrestrained Internet marketplace of ideas, even as they try
to impose restrictions on commercial uses in order to protect trade and
intellectual property.

This forum will bring together diplomats, technologists, human rights
advocates, and industry to discuss the freedom of expression opportunities
and challenges presented to a variety of stakeholders by the Internet and
new technologies.
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.*Freedom of expression threats and challenges that
online stakeholders face:*

This panel will bring together technologists, diplomats, human rights
advocates and industry experts. The panel will focus on the variety of
challenges online freedom stakeholders face moving forward in 2012.
Relevant issues to be discussed include freedom of expression issues, cyber
security issues and surveillance tech issues in the context of how they
affect online users free speech rights. Participants will also discuss the
future role of innovation on how people will gain access to information.
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.*Protecting online freedoms through effective public

This panel will bring a variety of expert stakeholders together from
government, industry and civil society to discuss the public policy forums
and issues that are shaping freedom of expression online and internet
governance. Currently, there are many discussions and actions being taken
by international and public institutions that have the potential to shape
the future of the Internet. Issues discussed will include, by whom and how
the Internet should be governed, the challenges and importance of a
multi-stakeholder approach, the role that network management plays and the
creation of Internet Policy Principles.
Location:*South America Room*    *Pew Conference Center*    *901 E Street
Northwest*    *Washington  DC 20004**Twitter hashtag: #MAPForum*

This event will not be live streamed, so please plan on attending.

Mera Szendro Bok: Providing Communications and Event Building Strategy for
the Media Reform and Internet Freedom Movement

Founder of Communication Is Your Right!

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On Twitter @MeraSB <> and

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