[Air-L] FW: [IRP] Web Symposium: The Middle East, The Revolution, and the Internet

Michael Gurstein gurstein at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 18:28:17 PST 2011

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From: irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org [mailto:irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org] On Behalf Of Jochai Ben-Avie
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 4:32 PM
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Subject: [IRP] Web Symposium: The Middle East, The Revolution,and the Internet

Dear friends and colleagues,


I thought you might be interested in the following�online event�on Thursday at 12PM EST


The Middle East, the Revolution, and the Internet�live streamed at�https://www.acessnow.org/live.�

Online symposium participants include:�


��Frank La Rue: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

��Marietje Schaake: Dutch Member of the European Parliament

��Jillian York: Harvard University Berkman Center

��Tarek Amr:�Egyptian Digital Activist on Global Voices

��Walid Al-Saqaf:�Yemeni software developer and journalist

��Al Jazeera Transparency Unit�(invited)

��Brett Solomon: Access (Moderator)

It will take place this Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST (GMT-5)�During the event, you can tweet questions using the #Q4Access hashtag or e-mail us at�info at accessnow.org.�


Tech-utopians and tech-doomsayers continue their debate over the impact of the internet on politics and democracy. Meanwhile mass demonstrations have spread across the Middle East, causing the downfall of one government and putting others on high alert. In each case we know technology has played a vital role in mobilizing protestors and transmitting information in real time around the globe. The existential threat it plays to a regime has been demonstrated by Egypt's internet shutdown. �The Middle East, the Revolution and the Internet� brings together experts in the field to discuss and debate the issues in real time.


Access's live web symposium will examine the impact of new (social) media and the internet on political freedom. On the one hand, we can expect grassroots activists to make use of technology to facilitate their activities. On the other hand, the new era provides opportunities for dictators and regimes to survey and monitor like never before. With voices from academia to the front line, Access will explore how activists use the net, the challenges for state actors, and the likely winners and losers in the digital cat and mouse game.


Please join us for this in-depth and dynamic discussion.



Jochai Ben-Avie
Access Policy Analyst
jochai at accessnow.org
+1-888-414-0100 x704 (tel)
JochaiBen-Avie (skype)

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