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March 20-21, 2017 | BERLIN, GERMANY

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The internet was supposed to unify us … but has that happened? In a world filled with cyber hacks, communication silos and government surveillance, can liberty really survive the digital age?

This forum will explore digital technologies in the information age, with a careful eye to how different countries and sectors approach the balance between risks, benefits and fundamental rights. Topics include privacy and human rights vs. security; vulnerabilities vs. efficiencies posed by the Internet of Things; communication silos and spread of false news vs. unfiltered and open access information; access (denied) to the digital world; and a vision for global cooperation.

Digital technology pervades citizens’ daily lives. It is imperative to step back and consider how we can govern the Information Society in a way that truly serves a worldwide interest.


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Forum conducted in English with German translation.

Governments around the world tried to shut down the internet nearly 50 times in 2016, raising serious questions about the value and harms of online censorship in a world dramatically influenced by the digital sphere. In this Q&A, Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), explains what she sees as the risks associated with online censorship and mass surveillance. An avid blogger, York is the EFF's director for international freedom of expression and is based in Berlin. York will be a panelist at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum, “Society 3.0+: Can Liberty Survive the Digital Age?” in the session “Access (Denied) to Information."
Phil Weiser, founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, works hard to “know what’s next” in the world of telecommunications, internet, privacy and policy. He has dedicated the past 20 years to telecommunications and law, starting his career at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, leading the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 when the internet was just beginning to take off. In this Q&A, Weiser describes the inherent challenges embedded within technological advancement.
Ronaldo Lemos, Director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro, participated in a live Twitter chat on 12/7/16 to discuss internet regulation, civil rights, privacy and net neutrality. Read Lemos (@lemos_ronaldo) answers questions from Princeton's Twitter community.
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Princeton-Fung Forum speaker Eszter Hargittai, professor in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich, along with Keith Hampton, discuss whether or not social media's ability to limit discussion to likeminded others, and to use algorithms that limit exposure to diverse news, are factors that played a major role in Trump's White House victory.
As an increasing number of devices — from cars to light bulbs to kitchen appliances — connect with computer networks, experts are raising concerns about privacy and security. To address these concerns, an organization of academics and industry leaders recently released a report that provides guidance on how to build security and privacy protections into the emerging internet of things (IoT). Nick Feamster, a computer science professor at Princeton University, the acting director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, and a panelist at the Fung Forum, is one of the report's lead editors.
Facebook — which has been raked over the coals for allowing the dissemination of fake news stories about the 2016 election — is now taking a hard and careful look at what role it may have played among American voters. Some say the election results illustrate a social media “echo chamber,” in which users gather news and information primarily from friends with shared interests. What are the effects of these echo chambers and silos? Katherine Haenschen, a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, answers these questions in the Q&A that follows.
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