Over the course of two webinars in December 2020 and February 2021, the Voices of Internet Freedom coalition partnered with American University and the Internet Society (Greater DC Chapter) to explore the future of internet freedom, from both the “demand” and “supply” side.
Part 1: Policy, Technology and Emerging Threats (Dec. 3, 2020)
This webinar explored the powerful stories of those affected by online censorship in countries around the world, and prompted a thought-provoking dialogue about the outlook for policies and technologies, as well as emerging threats, and how these will impact efforts to open the internet in every corner of the globe. Speakers included: Xiao Qiang, UC Berkeley, School of Information; Franak Viacorka, Creative Director, RFE/RL Belarus; Tim Receveur, US Institute of Peace and representatives of the major anti-censorship technology platforms. The event was moderated by AU professors Eric Novotny and Aram Sinnreich.
Part 2: Policy and Priorities in the New Administration
This webinar examined where priorities may change and how new policies and approaches under the Biden Administration may potentially impact efforts to open the internet in every corner of the globe. Speakers included: Dr. Mung Chiang, former Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State; Maziar Bahari, an award-winning journalist and filmmaker who heads Journalism for Change and the popular IranWire online news and information service; Harlo Holmes, Director of Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation; Mallory Knodel, Chief Technology Officer for the Center for Democracy & Technology; Sarah Makin, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Engagement at the National Security Council; and Clara Tsao, co-founder of the Filecoin Foundation and the Trust & Safety Professional Association and the Trust & Safety Foundation. The event was moderated by AU professors Eric Novotny and Aram Sinnreich.