Tech@State: Internet Freedom

Friday and Saturday, March 89, 2013
George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Tech@State: Internet Freedom will explore the various techniques and methods that can be used to enhance and expand Internet freedom. Day One will feature speakers like former U.S. Deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin, Rebecca MacKinnon, Sascha Meinrath, and representatives from the State Department, Microsoft, Google, and NGOs working directly on the issue of Internet freedom around the world. We will wrap up Day One with some wine and cheese at our reception in the upper level art exhibit space of the Jack Morton Auditorium. Day Two will be an unconference, where participants collaborate with other attendees to create their own agenda.

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8–8:45 am: Registration

8:45–9:15 am:

Master of Ceremonies Introduction

  • Sarah Labowitz, Policy Advisor, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Welcoming Remarks

  • Gregory E. Maggs, Interim Dean, George Washington University Law School
  • Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

9:15–10:05 am: Keynote Address

10–10:30 am: Break

10:30–11:30 am: Plenary Panel: Technology of Freedom, Technology of Repression



  • Lucas Dixon, Engineering Lead, Google
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

12–12:30 pm: Ignite Sessions


  • Brave New Software
  • Freedom House
  • Hivos
  • New America Foundation

12:30–1:30 pm: Lunch

1:302:45 pm: Breakout Session 1

  • Panel Discussion 1: Building a Safer Web
  • Panel Discussion 2: Next Generation Anti-Censorship Tools
  • Panel Discussion 3: Future of Advocacy
  • Panel Discussion 4: Internet Governance for Techies

2:45–3:15 pm: Break

3:15–4:30 pm: Breakout Session 2

  • Panel Discussion 1: Mobile Security
  • Panel Discussion 2: Tech Controls
  • Panel Discussion 3: Support of Publishers
  • Panel Discussion 4: Online Voices for All

4:30–4:45 pm: Break

4:45–5 pm: Closing Keynote

  • Danny Weitzner, Director & Co-Founder, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Information Group

Saturday, March 9, 2013

9 am: Doors Open – Light Breakfast

9 am–12:30 pm: Morning Session

12:30–1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30–4:00 pm: Afternoon Session

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