Global internet freedom transcends partisan politics. Since the 1990s the development and expansion of a free and open, globally connected internet has been a policy goal of successive Democratic and Republican administrations. Internet freedom is key to the advancement of human rights, innovation, and economic prosperity around the world and is consistent with U.S. commercial and geopolitical interests. Despite previous efforts and the clear benefits that the internet has provided to billions of people around the world, freedom online is under threat. Without strong leadership by the world’s major democracies, internet users can expect a continued decline in their freedom to express themselves and access information, while suffering increasingly aggressive attacks by a range of state and non-state actors.
On January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, and his administration will have to face these challenges head on. New America’s Open Technology Institute is pleased to welcome a panel of experts to discuss recommendations for how the new administration can exercise leadership in defending and advancing global internet freedom.
The event follows the launch of OTI’s report:
Internet Freedom at a Crossroads: Recommendations for the 45th President’s Internet Freedom Agenda.
U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now
Acting President, Freedom House
Ambassador David A. Gross
Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Former United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
Vice President for International Development at Tetra Tech
Former Senior Advisor for Global Economic Competitiveness, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee
Director, Ranking Digital Rights @ New America