Welcome to the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015!

On January 24-25 we’ll be bringing together the most innovative and inspiring digital activist and citizen media communities from the many corners of the globe to explore the connections between the open Internet, freedom of expression and online civic movements around the world.

See the draft Summit program below, and stay tuned as we refine the schedule and locations.

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Saturday, January 24 • 09:30 - 10:30
Protecting the Open Internet is Everybody's Business

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From Azerbaijan to Zambia, political leaders of near every persuasion see technology in the hands of citizens as a potential threat to their power and stability. Every day, a combination of government policies and corporate practice imperil Internet users’ rights of free expression and privacy -- rights that are enshrined by many constitutions, but also by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Can Guy Fawkes masks and Internet blackout campaigns really save us, or are we destined for a splintered, global network of national Internets? How do we reconcile the global “open Internet” ideal with this stark reality?

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Lokman Tsui

Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lokman Tsui is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His current research interest is in free expression and internet policy. Before Lokman joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was the Head of... Read More →

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Al Alegre

Executive Director, Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
For more than 18 years Al Alegre has been involved in the framing of ICT policy and internet governance discourse within a strong public interest perspective in Philippine, Asian, and global arenas. As long-time Executive Director of the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), Al... Read More →
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Nani Jansen

Legal Director, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Nani Jansen is the Legal Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Since... Read More →
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Chiranuch Premchaiporn

Co-founder, Prachatai
Chiranuch is a renowned free speech advocate and the co-founder of the Thai online news site Prachatai (“Thai people”). She is also a founding member of Thai Netizen Network (TNN), a group of media activists, internet users, bloggers and IT academics who monitor violations of... Read More →

Saturday January 24, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 PST
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

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