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September 19 2010

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The development of the internet as a global, free and open resource is a constant challenge. The dynamic and decentralized nature of the internet offers new opportunities for communication and free expression as well as new threats. Today we have reached a critical moment in time when governments that wish to control the spread of information and individuals using digital technologies to promote change are becoming increasingly sophisticated and strategic as they confront each other around the world. The conference aims to begin a long-term discussion of these issues and to form international working groups to promote practical change. 

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Monday, September 20: Pre-conference workshops
Online tools and tactics for advocacy and protection

Afternoon workshops, aimed at activists, bloggers, NGOs and companies, will bring together the world's leading practitioners of internet activism to discuss how to harness various technologies for social change initiatives, protect oneself online, and advocate for policy.

Tuesday, September 21: Day One
The Internet as a force for change: history and challenges

Conference opening day, with sessions focused on setting the historical stage, debating the internet’s role as a democratizing force, and laying out challenges for governments and the private sector. Participants will also be asked to attend one of a series of dinners that will focus on specific topics.

Wednesday, September 22: Day Two
Moving forward: breaking barriers, transparency and innovation

Sessions focusing on national case studies and efforts to advance transparency and accountability. Break-out sessions addressing the relationship between promoting free expression and critical Internet conflicts.

The conference is designed for maximum interaction, with a minimal number of brief presentations. Moderators will be given generous powers to interrupt and involve the audience. Outside of workshops and conference sessions, participants will have the chance to exhibit online tools, publications and videos highlighting their efforts to promote online expression, and cases of dissidents and activists who have been imprisoned or attacked. Breaks will be scheduled so there will be sufficient time for informal meetings, tweeting and blogging.

Due to limited venue capacity, Internet at Liberty 2010 is by invitation only and spaces are limited. If you know of someone who might be interested in attending, please ask them to request an invitation by emailing us at liberty2010@google.com with some information about what they do and why they would like to attend.

For more information, see the Internet at Liberty 2010 website.

Conference: Internet at Liberty 2010, 20-22 September | CMCS

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