Speaking Event: Freedom and Power in the Digital Age
In the last 25 years, the Internet has changed the way people access and share information, and has shifted the dynamics of societies around the globe. Those with a web connection have the potential to take any message and reach an audience of millions. But, this individual potential is only possible when the Internet is open and free for its users. More than 600 million Internet users - over 30% of the world's total Internet population - live in countries with substantial filtering or censorship of online content by the government.
Understanding what the Internet and online freedom mean for the world is critical for the future of democracy, human rights and economic development everywhere. Can 20th century institutions adapt to a 21st century global society? Is “change” synonymous with “progress”? Join one of Google’s leading executives for an exploration of how we define freedom and power in a new era and what it means to be connected in today’s world.
A program of the World Affairs Councils of America with support provided by a grant from Google, Inc.
SPEAKER: Victoria Grand
Director of Communications and Policy, YouTube