Freedom House’s panel session will discuss how government restrictions on internet freedom impact innovation and entrepreneurship in a country’s tech sector. The panel—selected to represent viewpoints from tech entrepreneurs and activists in different countries—will begin with a discussion about how various restrictions on internet freedom in their countries stifle innovation and impede their ability to make full use of the internet to improve their societies. The discussion will also seek answers to how the tech sector can help advocate for positive policies that support tech entrepreneurship and innovation as well as respond to the unique needs of users in restrictive internet freedom environments.
The session will also include an interactive exercise during which panel participants become policy advisors to a hypothetical tech firm that is undergoing a global expansion. Panelists are presented with a series of real-life scenarios of government pressure on tech companies, taken from Freedom House’s research. Contributions by the audience will also be encouraged.
Note from the organizers: We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ossama Hassanein, Chairman, Rising Tide Fund, enterprenuer, and venture capitalist will also join the panel.