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Internet at Liberty 2010: The Promise and Peril of Online Free Expression

[Ed. Note: The conference has concluded; however, you can watch recorded footage of the presentations on Central European University’s channel, just click this link.]

This week CDT President Leslie Harris and staffer Cynthia Wong, director, Global Internet Freedom, are participating in “Internet at Liberty 2010.”  Harris is running a workshop on Monday called “Advocating for Policy Change,” and Wong is co-chairing a dinner on “Protecting the platform:  the challenge of intermediary liability.”

The event–sponsored by Google and Central European University–gathers grassroots global activists, NGOs, academics, governments and corporations with the aim of taking on some of the most pressing issues threatening free expression on the Internet.

According to the event website, the conference will explore:

creative ways to address the boundaries of online free expression; the complex relationship among technology, economic growth and human rights; ways in which dissidents and governments are using the internet; the role of internet intermediaries; pressing policy and legal issues such as privacy and cybersecurity.


Although the event is being held in Budapest, anyone can take part in the meetings via a special interactive website where you can join in a live blog of the sessions or just watch the sessions (starting Tuesday) being streamed live to the Web.

The Twitter crowd isn’t begin left out in the cold; the conference is using the hashtag: #IAL2010

CDT’s Wong will be filing reports from the conference each day and you can read those right here in PolicyBeta.