There seems to be no hotter topic for discussion among Internet watchers these days than concerns over online free expression -- from the role of bloggers in advancing democratic movements, to sophisticated government censorship, to debates over how best to balance transparency with national security concerns.
The Central European University, including the CMCS, is collaborating with Google to organize a major international conference in Budapest on this subject on September 20-22. We've invited grassroots activists, bloggers and vloggers from five continents, as well as representatives from NGOs, academia, industry and government, to begin a long-term discussion about how we can make the Internet safer and more effective for free expression around the world, and to form international working groups to promote practical change.
YouTube has also joined this conversation about online free expression, and Google, YouTube and the CEU are now inviting you to submit your own video or text response that answers this question:
"What's the biggest barrier to free expression on the Internet, and what would you do to overcome it?"
From election protests to government whistleblowing to grassroots advocacy, YouTube users have uploaded, watched and shared many stories that would have never received global attention before the Internet era. Your participation is also critical to our understanding of how we can promote free expression online. Submit your own video now to get your message out.
Go to Google Moderator to submit ideas and videos and/or to vote on your favorite contributions from others around the world.
Please participate by September 7, and we’ll showcase many of your responses at the conference in Budapest later in the month. Highlights from the dialogue will also be offered on CitizenTube.