Global Internet Freedom Project Events

Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Distinguished Speaker Series.

The Global Internet Freedom Project hosts several events throughout the semester. Check back frequently for new events.

Past Events

Net Neutrality Q&A with FCC Commissioner Clyburn and Panel

Join GW Law's Global Internet Freedom Project and the GW Law Alumni Association as they host a Q&A and panel on the law of Net Neutrality.

Challenges to Preventing Extremism Online and Offline

Preventing and countering violent radicalization is fast becoming a central component of numerous national counter-terrorism strategies.

RightsCon Brussels

The global community came together to the heart of European politics and policy making to discuss the future of human rights and technology. The event was a major success, with RightsCon Brussels becoming the world's largest digital rights conference. 

Toward a Global Partnership to Counter Online Radicalization and Extremism

The George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, in partnership with the George Washington University Law School, held a symposium focusing on the role of the Internet in both facilitating and countering violent extremism.

The Human Rights Response to the Zero Rating Conundrum

The panel was held at the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference (RightsCon) on April 1, 2016.

Broader Implications of Apple vs. the FBI for Cyber Security and Privacy

Is the legal battle about Apple writing code to bypass its operating system's security features and allow the FBI to try a brute force attack to crack the encryption used in a terrorist's p

The First Amendment as Killer App

Why did the United States come to lead the world in cyberspace? Just as nineteenth century American judges altered the common law in order to subsidize industrial deve

Zero-rating and Net Neutrality: Lessons from Theory and Practice

This panel featured experts from business, policy making, civil society and academia who addressed the challenges posed by "zero-rating," the commercial practice of allowing mob

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

Danielle Citron, Professor of Law at University of Maryland Law School and a leading authority on privacy and civil rights, discussed her new book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, published

The Net Neutrality and Global Internet Freedom Conference

The Net Neutrality and Global Internet Freedom Conference, sponsored by GW Law's Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project, focused on the impact of net neutrality and net discrimination

System and Conscience: NSA Bulk Surveillance and the Problem of Freedom

The Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Distinguished Speaker Series hosted Yochai Benkler, the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School,

Academic Conference on ICT Industry Self-Regulation & Human Rights

If Google censors your blog post or surveils your email, the First and Fourth Amendments do not apply, because Google is not a state actor.

"Big Surveillance: What the NSA is Doing, Why it Matters, and How to Address It"

Professor Dan Solove addressed recent revelations about NSA surveillance and the legality of these activities.

Convergence: Digital Due Process for Protecting Internet Speech

At the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe's Internet Freedom 2013 Conference, Professor Dawn Nunziato argued that although countries throughout Europe have different substanti

The Internet in the 21st Century

The freedom of the Internet is at risk as governments that feel threatened try to suppress freedom of expression and access to information. Dr. Vinton G.

[email protected]: Internet Freedom Conference

[email protected]: Internet Freedom will explore the various techniques and methods that can be used to enhance and expand Internet freedom.

Free Speech, Blasphemy, and the Anti-Muslim YouTube Video

Join the Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project as they host Rebecca MacKinnon.

Transatlantic Conference on Global Online Freedom and Corporate Responsibility

The University of Groningen and GW Law hosted this path-breaking transatlantic conference on Global Online Freedom and Corporate Responsibility.

Guest Speaker: Rebecca MacKinnon

A journalist and activist, Rebecca MacKinnon examines the intersection of the internet, human rights, and foreign policy. As a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, Ms.

Guest Speaker: Frank La Rue

The U.N. Human Rights Council appointed Frank La Rue to the post of special rapporteur in March 2008.

A Conversation with Dr. Ian Brown

In addition to his role as research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, Dr.

Guest Speaker: Dunja Mijatović

An expert in media law and regulation, Dunja Mijatović was appointed OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media in 2010. Previously, Ms.