Washington-Brussels Transatlantic Conference & Summer School 2012

May 10th 2012 (Washington D.C., USA) – May 14th 2012 (Brussels, EU)

The emergence of the Internet offers unprecedented possibilities for the free flow of information and freedom of speech. On the downside, information technology also can be used to restrict freedom of speech, for example by surveillance and by censoring internet connections. This is often accommodated by Western companies that provide services and export their knowledge and technology to oppressive regimes. The transatlantic conference on Global Online Freedom and Corporate Responsibility aims to engage politicians, corporations, scholars and honours students from both sides of the Atlantic in the debate sur­rounding this complex question.

In Washington, representatives of the American Congress, Google and Reporters Without Borders and scholars will take part in the conference. In Brussels, amongst others, prominent members of the European Parliament and representatives of Nokia-Siemens will speak at the conference. The transatlantic conference is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch embassy in Washington and the Permanent Representation in Brussels. Besides keynotes by prominent speakers, the program includes multidisciplinary workshops organized by talented (honours) students of the University of Groningen and George Washington University. The conference will be recorded and published as a documentary and  proceedings will be published. Read more…

The future of Global Online Freedom


The conferences in Washington and Brussels proved to be a great success. Many inspiring keynotes were given by our keynote speakers and the participating Honour’s students successfully organized several workshops with out-of-the-box solutions for the complex problem of Global Online Freedom. Now, some months later, work is already being done to organize subsequent conferences on [...]