For 2009 I am on leave from the University of Hong Kong. The Open Society Institute has generously granted me a fellowship to spend the year working on a book. The tentative title is "Internet Freedom and Control: Lessons from China for the World." (I'm likely to change that title once I come up with a better one.)
On February 10th in New York, I will be speaking at an OSI Forum event, alongside another Open Society Fellow, Evgeny Morozov, an expert on Internet controls in the former Soviet states, among many other things. Below is the announcement. Go here to RSVP - space is limited so be sure to sign up. The event will also be webcast, so if you can't make it in person it should be possible to participate remotely.
Location: OSI-New York
Event Date(s): February 10, 2009
Event Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Speaker(s): Isabel Hilton, Rebecca MacKinnon, Evgeny Morozov
The Open Society Institute and Asia Society will host an event with Open Society Fellows Rebecca MacKinnon and Evgeny Morozov that explores the changing landscape of Internet censorship. Special attention will be given to the techniques employed by governments to co-opt and steer online discussions in ideologically convenient directions. Focusing on the specific cases of Russia and China, the panelists will discuss how the strategies and tools of control, manipulation, and censorship have evolved in both countries.
Isabel Hilton, editor of China Dialogue and an Open Society Fellowship selection committee member, will moderate the discussion.
Light refreshments will be provided at a reception from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. The discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m.
This event is presented in cooperation with the Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations.