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Thursday, March 31 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Governments Stifling Innovation: The Impact of Internet Freedom on Tech Entrepreneurship

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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.



Speakers
avatar for Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf

Postdoctoral Researcher, Stockholm University
ISOC Board Member, software developer from Yemen, internet freedom advocate. Currently involved in postdoctoral research and teaching in areas related to technology, media, journalism, data science, and quantitative research methods. Also involved in ICANN and APC.
avatar for Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

Founder, Digital Rights Foundation
Nighat Dad is a Pakistani lawyer and Internet activist who founded the not-for-profit organisation Digital Rights Foundation. In 2015, she was named in the TIME magazine's list of next generation leaders, for helping Pakistani women fight online harassment. | Dad led campaigns to protect online freedom of speech in Pakistan as well campaigns against legislation that gives the government broad powers of surveillance online, most notable one is the... Read More →
avatar for Sanja Kelly

Sanja Kelly

Director, Freedom on the Net, Freedom House
Freedom House
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Raindolf Owusu

Founder, Oasis WebSoft and Bisa M-Health
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Xiao Qiang

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, China Digital Times
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, China Digital Times


Thursday March 31, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
The Lab

Attendees (36)