2012 State of the Net Conference

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
3:30 pm The Two Edges of the Global Internet Freedom Sword: Can Internet Technologies Promote Free Expression Without Enabling Oppression? (The Third Annual Judith Krug Memorial Intellectual Freedom Panel)


- Jeff Brueggeman, Vice President-Public Policy and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T (Moderator) [bio]
- Scott Busby, Director of Multilateral & Global Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. State Department [bio]
- Colin Crowell, Head of Global Public Policy, Twitter [bio]
- Peter Swire, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law [bio]
- Cynthia Wong, Director - Project on Global Internet Freedom, Center for Democracy & Technology [bio]

On December 8, 2011 Secretary of State Clinton delivered a speech at the Conference on Internet Freedom in the Netherlands that presented a set of extraordinarily challenges for technology companies: How can Internet technologies be used to promote freedom while resisting government pressure to help with oppression. While admitting that there are no easy answers - and no set of "instructions" forthcoming - she urged "smart companies" to act now to prevent their products and services from being used as dual use tools of innovation and of oppression. A question before our expert panel will be how this veritable Internet freedom arms race will end, and can freedom or innovation survive it. Another question for the panel will whether some larger governance body will be needed to provide a framework for global Internet business?

* Subject to change. More panels and keynotes may be added. Contact Cat Matsuda for more information.

This is a widely attended event hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The diversity of ICAC membership ensures that all educational events and initiatives are fair and balanced forums for Internet-related discussion. The ICAC does not promote any particular policy position.