The Open Society Institute and Asia Society host an event with Open Society Fellows Rebecca MacKinnon and Evgeny Morozov exploring the changing landscape of Internet censorship. Special attention is given to the techniques employed by governments to co-opt and steer online discussions in ideologically convenient directions.
Focusing on the specific cases of Russia and China, the panelists discuss how the strategies and tools of control, manipulation, and censorship have evolved in both countries.
Isabel Hilton, editor of China Dialogue and an Open Society Fellowship selection committee member, moderates the discussion.
Rebecca MacKinnon is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation where she conducts research, writing, and advocacy at the intersection of networked technologies, human rights, and corporate accountability. She is author of the award-winning book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (2012) and co-founder of Global Voices Online, the citizen media network and digital rights advocacy organization.
A founding board member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder organization that advances corporate responsibility and human rights in the technology sector, MacKinnon also serves on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is concurrently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication'sCenter for Global Communications Studies where she leads a new project, Ranking Digital Rights.
Evgeny Morozov is the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy and runs the magazine's "Net Effect" blog about the Internet's impact on global politics.
Evgeny Morozov is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. He was formerly a Yahoo! fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and a fellow at George Soros's Open Society Institute, where he remains on the board of the Information Program.
Previously, he was Director of New Media at the Prague-based NGO Transitions Online (TOL) and a columnist for the Russian newspaper Akzia. He is also on the sub-board of the Information Program of the Open Society Institute.
Morozov's writings have appeared in many publications, including The Economist, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune.