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Private Roundtable: Digital Freedom of Expression and Civic Engagement in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Please join us for a private roundtable with an aim to catalyze dialogue on the links between technology, media policy, and freedom of expression worldwide. Sarah Kendzior will present a draft paper on threats to Internet freedom in Uzbekistan, and Katy Pearce will present research on the impact of technology on civic engagement in the Caucasus. They will be joined via Skype by Ana Keshelashvili, who is currently teaching at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs and has played a key role in raising awareness about use of technology in activism and media in the Republic of Georgia.

The speakers will discuss broader technological and political trends in the former Soviet Union, whose information policies are frequently emulated by non-democratic regimes around the world. The example of the Soviet region highlights the importance of political culture in addressing issues of censorship and free expression.

This event will be moderated by Rebecca MacKinnon, author of Consent of the Networked.


Research Associate, Open Technology Institute
New America Foundation
Featured Speakers
Sarah Kendzior
Department of Anthropology
Washington University in Saint Louis
Katy Pearce
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Assistant Professor, University of Washington (September 2012)
Ana Keshelashvili
Assistant Professor, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, Consent of the Networked

Event Time and Location

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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