Dublin Conference on Internet Freedom
Delegates from the US were some of over 200 delegates gathered for the OSCE Internet Freedom conference organized by the Irish chairmanship. Tánaiste and Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore opened the conference which was attended by several high-level US attendees including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Deomcracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas Melia and Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, former CNN bureau chief in Beijing in Tokyo and co-founder of Global Voices Online. The conference included three panel discussions on online content, internet governance and human rights, and new media, including social media and social networks. Secretary Clinton’s Advisor on Internet and New Media Alec Ross also addressed a large audience at side event sponsored by Google.
The aim of the conference is to move towards a clearer understanding of OSCE commitments regarding Internet freedom, with conference participants exchanging ideas on how to keep the Internet an open and public forum, as well as tackling questions regarding the exercise of fundamental freedoms online, Internet access and censorship issues, social networking, and more.
Informal conclusions and recommendations will be presented during the closing session.