The Outlook for Freedom and Privacy on the Internet
in Central and Eastern Europe
September 4-6 1998 (tentative)
Budapest, Hungary

In September 1998 the Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) will sponsor the first comprehensive conference on Internet Freedom of Expression and Privacy in Central and Eastern Europe. The conference will bring together human rights organizations and other NGOs, leading members of the growing Internet industry in the region, and government representatives. The goal of this conference is to identify threats to human rights online, explore public policy solutions which support basic freedom of expression and privacy, and to build common cause between NGOs and the emerging Internet industry.

Speakers will include experts from Eastern and Western Europe, as well as North America and will structured to maximize the participation of the Eastern European participants.

AGENDA

Day 0: Tutorials-Coordinated by Patrick Ball of the American Association for Advancement of Science

Internet Technology Basics
Secure Communications for Human Rights Workers Using PGP

Day 1: Censorship & Media Regulation

Application of International Human Rights Freedom of Expression to the Internet
Various Media Regulation Models on Freedom of Expression Online
Censorship Trends in Central and Eastern European National Laws
European Union Approaches to Internet Content Regulation

Day 2: Internet Access, Electronic Surveillance & Potential For NGO Impact on Public Policy Debates

Affordability and Accessibility of Internet Access
Electronic Surveillance Laws in CEE and their Application to the Internet
The Right to Encrypt: Protecting the Right to Speak Privately Online
Case Studies of NGO Participation in Internet Policy Making

Steering Committee

The conference program will be set by a steering committee comprised of NGOs, Internet experts from the CEE and around the world, academics, and industry representatives.

Organizers

American Civil Liberties Union
Center for Democracy and Technology
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Hungarian Human Rights Information and Documentation Centre (tentative)
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (tentative)

Sponsor

Open Society Institute

Fore more information, contact:

Barry Steinhardt (Barrys@eff.org),President
Electronic Frontier Foundation
East Coast: tel/fax:+ 1 203 226 4897
West Coast: tel: + 1 415 436 9333 (V)
West Coast: fax + 1 415 436 9993 (f)
1550 Bryant Street Ste 725
San Francisco,CA 94103

You can find EFF on the Web at: http://www.eff.org


Last updated: April 1998


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