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OSI hosts major debate on internet freedom

OSI hosts major debate on internet freedom

A major debate on ‘The Future of Freedom and Control in the Internet Age’ will be held in New York on 10, by the Open Society Institute. OSI usually makes its debates available on audio afterwards.

The Open Society Institute and the Asia Society

cordially invite you to a discussion:
The Future of Freedom and Control in the Internet Age
with Open Society Fellows Rebecca MacKinnon and Evgeny Morozov

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Discussion: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Moderated by Isabel Hilton
Open Society Institute
400 W. 59th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues)
New York, New York
3rd Floor

Open Society Fellows Rebecca MacKinnon and Evgeny Morozov will explore the changing landscape of Internet censorship. Special attention will be given to the techniques employed by governments to co-opt and steer online discussions in ideologically convenient directions. Focusing on the specific cases of Russia and China, panelists will discuss how the strategies and tools of control, manipulation, and censorship have evolved in both countries.

Rebecca MacKinnon is co-founder of Global Voices, a global citizen media network, and an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. She was previously CNN bureau chief in Beijing and in Tokyo. As an Open Society Fellow, MacKinnon is writing a book tentatively titled "Internet Freedom and Control: Lessons from China for the World."

Evgeny Morozov is an online media and digital activism expert and journalist from Belarus. Morozov has written on new media and technology issues for publications such as the Economist, the International Herald Tribune, openDemocracy, Le Monde, Slate, and Foreign Policy. Morozov is writing a book on how the Internet influences civic engagement and regime stability in China, Egypt, Russia, and Venezuela.

Isabel Hilton is a London-based journalist, broadcaster and the editor of China Dialogue, a bilingual website devoted to China and the environment. She was previously the editor of openDemocracy. She has been a staff writer at the Sunday Times, the Independent and the New Yorker.

This event is presented in cooperation with the Asia Society Center on US-China Relations.

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