01/09/2007 A Disturbing Reality Check: how open is the internet?
For your agenda: Hivos workshop at the PicNic conference
Wednesday 26th of September, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, 14.00-16.00 hr
In Europe we take free access to the web, IP telephony like Skype and e-mail very much for granted. You get on line and expect it to be there and working. Yet, in countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Iran and China access to the internet is getting more and more restricted as the governments build firewalls around content they don’t approve of.
The technology to empower the citizen, but also to block access, is getting moresophisticated by the month. Is the internet in danger of becoming much less open, transparent and therefore useful? Main questions for this workshop are: how to guard freedom of expression on line? How to support (citizen) journalists reporting and publishing their opinions without fear of censorship or persecution? Are there ways of balancing the good and evil aspects of the web, or is it just a reflection of society in general?
With among others:
Jonathan Marks, consultant/researcher social media (criticaldistance.blogspot.com)
Evgeny Morozov, new media director Transitions OnLine (www.tol.org)
Bektour Iskender, director youth portal Kloop in Kyrgystan (www.kloop.kg)
Eefje Blankevoort, Webcamstories from China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tunesia (www.prospektor.nl)
Jeroen de Kloet, University of Amsterdam, about China and the Olympic Games (home.tiscali.nl/jeroendekloet)
Sami Ben Gharbia, coordinator bloggers community Global Voices OnLine (globalvoicesonline.org)
Entrance is free. You only need to register at: