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March 20-21, 2017 | BERLIN, GERMANY

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In a world filled with cyber hacks, communication silos, fake news and government surveillance, can liberty really survive the digital age?

These issues are playing out in real time across the globe. Forum topics include privacy and human rights vs. security; vulnerabilities vs. efficiencies posed by the Internet of Things; communication silos and the spread of fake news vs. the use of media to connect and unite large numbers of people to effect change; unfiltered, open access to information vs. access (denied) to the digital world; and a vision for global cooperation.

We will explore digital technologies with a careful eye to how different countries and sectors approach the balance between risks, benefits and fundamental rights. 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.

The digital revolution is generating massive amounts of information. And while big data certainly benefits researchers and consumers, it also poses significant privacy concerns. In this WooCast episode, Tim Lee of Vox interviews Princeton professors Prateek Mittal and Matt Salganik about the benefits, risks and concerns related to big data. This episode is part of a series featuring moderators and panelists who will participate in the Princeton-Fung Global Forum: “Society 3.0+: Can Liberty Survive the Digital Age?”
Today’s digital landscape is constantly in flux, and it can sometimes be unclear how to govern a Web 3.0+ world. Who is responsible for overseeing the web? And can all digital consumers have access and choice within the internet’s changing ecosystem? These are the types of questions internet regulators grapple with on a daily basis. In this Q&A, Fátima Barros, head of the Portuguese National Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANACOM), describes why regulation is important and how ANACOM addresses these important digital quandaries.
Fred Kaplan, "War Stories" columnist at Slate and author of "Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War," participated in a live Twitter chat on 1/31/17 to discuss cyber hacking and democracy in the digital age. Below, Kaplan (@fmkaplan) answers questions from Princeton's Twitter community.
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Princeton professor Nick Feamster participated in the State of the Net conference on a panel discussing the future of security for the Internet of Things.
Can liberty survive the digital age? In this WooCast episode, Princeton University professors Jennifer Rexford and Janet Vertesi discuss internet infrastructure and its effect on how people use the web as a vehicle for communication and information. This episode is part of a series featuring panelists who will participate in the upcoming Princeton-Fung Global Forum: “Society 3.0+: Can Liberty Survive the Digital Age?”
In an age where technology is often used to harm, can it still be harnessed to advance human dignity and equality? This is the mission of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a global nonprofit committed to advancing digital rights. Led by President and CEO Nuala O’Connor, the center is committed to ensuring that human rights in the physical world translate to digital spheres. In this Q&A, O’Connor describes how technology can be designed to protect human rights in the digital world. She will be a panelist at the upcoming Princeton-Fung Global Forum, “Society 3.0+: Can Liberty Survive the Digital Age?” in the session “Panel 4: Communication Silos and Information Overload.”
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