DUBLIN, 8 June 2012 -The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, will host a conference in Dublin on Internet freedom on 18 and 19 June.
Experts and representatives from OSCE participating States, civil society organizations, media and business will take part in the conference. The event will include a high-level panel, which will consider how to ensure that the Internet remains an open, global and public forum for freedom of opinion and expression and a platform for facilitating the exercise of other human rights and fundamental freedoms, and three sessions on online content, Internet governance and human rights, and new media: social media and social networks.
The Chairperson-in-Office will open the meeting, with high-level speakers including Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media; Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, former CNN bureau chief in Beijing in Tokyo and co-founder of Global Voices Online; Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights; Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger; Alec Ross, Senior Adviser on Innovation in the office of the US Secretary of State; and Sonia Flynn, Director of Online Operations, Facebook.
Google will host a “Big Tent” event, open to all participants, on the evening of 18 June.
Journalists are invited to attend the whole of the conference on 18 and 19 June in Dublin Castle, and press facilities will be available on site. More information on the conference can be found here: http://www.osce.org/event/internetfreedom2012. The event will be streamed live on the OSCE website, osce.org, and a live Twitter feed (@NetFreedom2012) will be used to feed questions and comments into the different working sessions.
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