Wed, Apr 06, 2011
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Internet Freedom and Democratic Transformation in Egypt

Three years after Egypt's historic April 6 Facebook Protests, an important precursor to more recent mass protests that brought down Egyptian President Mubarak, Human Rights First is bringing together a panel of experts to discuss internet freedom and the transition to democracy in Egypt. Participating in this important discussion on Wednesday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m. will be Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, Egypt's "Facebook Girl" Esraa Abdel Fattah, Facebook Director of Policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa Richard Allen, and former White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy Andrew McLaughlin. The panel will be moderated by Human Rights First's Meg Roggensack and Neil Hicks.

Among the key issues these experts will examine are the following:

  • The Internet and telecommunications shutdown in Egypt in January: how and why it happened, lessons learned, implications for companies, activists and policymakers working to support democratic transition.
  • The role of social networking sites in facilitating civil society efforts to advance democracy and human rights in Egypt and the Middle East.
  • U.S. government efforts to address concerns raised by the January shutdown and the promotion of freedom of expression during the democratic transition period.

This event is open to the press. To register, please contact Brenda Bowser Soder at bowsersoderb@humanrightsfirst.org or 202-370-3323.

WHAT:

Breakfast Panel: Internet Freedom and Democratic Transformation in Egypt

WHO:

Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Esraa Abdel Fattah, Media Director, Egyptian Democratic Academy

Richard Allan, Director of Policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Facebook

Andrew McLaughlin, Former Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, the White House

Neil Hicks, International Policy Advisor, Human Rights First

Meg Roggensack, Senior Advisor for Business and Human Rights, Human Rights First

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.

WHERE:

Lathan & Watkins LLP, 555 11th Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC

RSVP:

By April 5 to Brenda Bowser Soder at bowsersoderb@humanrightsfirst.org or 202-370-3323.



The registration deadline for this event has passed.