Thursday, December 8, 2011
The freedom to make your voice heard online is more important than ever. How do we ensure that freedom of expression online is guaranteed? What is the role of business in keeping the internet open? Are there lessons to be learned from the experiences of bloggers and online activists?

Free Press Unlimited and Google are organising a one-off opportunity to debate some of the big issues facing the Internet today:

  • How do we ensure that freedom of expression online is guaranteed?
  • What is the role of business in keeping the internet open?
  • Are there lessons to be learned from the experiences of bloggers and online activists?

Joris Luyendijk will moderate the panel discussions this day. We look forward to welcoming Uri Rosenthal, Minister of Foreign Affairs and are excited to announce Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as keynote speaker.

Including:

  • Speeches by USA Minister of Foreign Affairs Hillary Clinton and Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal
  • Welcome and introduction of the panel by Leon Willems, director of Free Press Unlimited
  • Panel discussions moderated by Joris Luyendijk, with a.o. Tarik Nesh-Nash, internet activist from Morocco
  • Keynote speech by Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt

Participation is on invitation only and all seats are taken.
Follow the event live at Omroep West.

Free Press Unlimited invited for this event Middle East internet activists and specialists:

Tarik Nesh-Nash (Morocco): Tarik Nesh-Nash is director of Software Centre, a Moroccan startup, a social entrepreneur and a democracy activist. He worked as a manager at Microsoft R&D in Redmond, Washington, and Beijing, and as a protection delegate in Iraq at the International Committee of the Red Cross. He founded a number of initiatives in Morocco to use the web for social and political participation, particularly crowdsourcing debate about constitutional debates, citizen monitoring of elections, and citizen reporting of corruption incidents.

Merve Alici (Turkey): works for Young Civilians.

Slim Ayadi (Tunesia):citizen journalist, blogger and cyber-activist who mostly reported about Tunisia, in 180 video's on Youtube, 100 articles and about 1500 photographs. He's manager of his own business as a copywriter and educates other citizen journalists. The role of media, poverty and the Islam are common subjects in his products.

Bassem Samir (Egypt) Bassem Samir is a human rights activist working as the Executive Director of the Egyptian Democratic Academy and initiated the website www.arabcyberact.org. Cyber-Act is an independent non-profit-based management in Lebanon and Egypt-based media. It aims to spread the principles of democracy and human rights and the defense of freedom of opinion and expression and the right of access to information through support internet activists in the Middle East and North Africa and provide them with the knowledge and tools necessary for the continuation of their work and overcome the blocking and government repression in their country. Before, Bassem Samir has worked as a media monitoring director for the Egyptian presidential & the parliamentary elections in 2005, and on the Darfur case in the Arab media channels.