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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.

Can Liberty Survive the Digital Age?

Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, and a "Father of the Internet," explores this question, given the efforts to bring the 50% of the world that is not yet online into parity with the 50% already there. Cerf points out: "On the positive side, there are many voices that would never be heard were it not for the amplifying power of the Internet; voices crying out for social justice, economic and educational opportunity. That same amplifying effect, however, gives visibility to deliberate (or ignorant) misinformation, hate speech, incitement to violence, and advocacy of terrorism."

Princeton-Fung Global Forum Asks if Liberty Can Survive the Digital Age

While the internet has undoubtedly been an unparalleled source of information and connection, it also has proven to be one of the most powerful tools for breaching privacy and security. Understanding the balance between privacy and security — and how it affects liberty and democracy — was the theme of the fourth Princeton-Fung Global Forum held March 20-21 in Berlin. About 450 industry experts, scholars and students, as well as 30 reporters and editors from German and American media outlets, gathered to hear 40 speakers discuss liberty in the digital age.

Fighting Cyberwarfare

With growing evidence that Russian cyberwarfare technology was used to try to influence an American election, it is increasingly apparent that current computer-security technology is inadequate. Microsoft President Brad Smith, Princeton ’81, offered a solution March 22 at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum in Berlin: a “digital Geneva Convention” to protect the world from a new kind of warfare.
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Freedom and Surveillance in the Digital Age

Many of us share our data - on apps, while online shopping, and on home devices. Jennifer Weese of ALEX Berlin questions Fung Forum 2017 speakers, including: Neelie Kroes, Former Vice President and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission; Roger Dingledine, Original Co-Developer, Project Leader, Research Director, The Tor Project; and, Christopher Eisgruber, President of Princeton University, among others, on whether our liberty can survive the digital age. Some interviews are in English while others are in German.

Fung Forum Ends With a Call For Critical Thinking in the Digital Age

On day two of the 2017 Princeton-Fung Global Forum, Tuesday, March 21, in Berlin, policy experts, journalists and academics continued conversations about democracy in the digital age. Thirteen Princeton students attended the Fung Forum and helped University staff with behind-the-scenes responsibilities of producing the conference. Several students talked about the experience on the last day of the event in a Facebook Live interview on the Princeton University Facebook page.

Save the Internet with Technology Instead of with Laws

Fake news and unilateral information on the Internet threaten democracy. Many now demanded laws against it. Computer scientist Jennifer Rexford explains why they will not help.
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