The discussions begins with a more directed look at the revolution in Egypt, and the response of the government to block sites, then the internet, then communications in general – and then move to a broader look at countries where censorship is quite prevalent, such as China and Vietnam. Looking at ways to use the potential of social media when blocks are put in to place, ways around these blocks, how to protect activists, what other methods these governments use – such as counter democracy messaging on the same platforms, and how people are still finding ways to fight for democracy and human rights online.

We will speak with activists working through censorship – either within their country of origin or from abroad, as well as pro-democracy and freedom of speech organizations who work together with such activists. The aim of the discussion will be to share experience and insight into how this has been and could be accomplished.
The event is a joint effort with The Online Academy of Friedrich-Naumann- Foundation for Freedom’s International Online Conference “Facebook Revolutions?- The Role of Social Media for Political Change in the Arab World.”

Dr. Ronald Meinardus, Director Middle East and North Africa Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Ehsan Norouzi, Tech-politics journalist at Deutsche Welle Persian
Ali Ravi, Tactical Technology
Matthias Spielkamp, Reporters without Borders
Ahmed Abdel Alim, Blogger, involved in the Egyptian Revolution
Laurent Giacobino, Internews Europe

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