Censoring the Internet: How the digital revolution is being curbed

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and World Press Photo 04 are presenting a panel of Internet experts on October 13 to discuss how the Internet is being policed and the impact this has on freedom of expression. Come and hear what the three experts think about policing the net. Are free market rules the only regulation, or does censorship of the Web take place in secret? Should Internet Service Providers be responsible for censoring child pornography? What if this impedes criminal investigations? CJFE believes that we need to discuss censorship of the Internet and be prepared before we discover that the matter has been taken out of our hands. There will be a question-and-answer section after the discussion. The panel features: # Karin Spaink from the Netherlands, an internet activist, author of 'Bits of Freedom' and internet advisor to The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); # Ronald Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab/Open Net Initiative at the Munk Centre for International Studies, at the University of Toronto; # Julian Sher, creator and webmaster of JournalismNet. Julian has trained journalists in using the internet as a tool for investigative reporting, and writes extensively about journalism and the web. Julian is a former President of the Canadian Association of Journalists; # The panel is to be moderated by Bob Carty, a producer with CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition and board member of CJFE. The event, sponsored by the Consulate General of The Netherlands in Toronto, will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre (Rogers Building) 333 Bloor St East (@ Jarvis). Admission is free, and the building is wheelchair accessible. CJFE is an association of journalists and others committed to preserving and promoting free expression and press freedom in Canada and around the world. For more information about CJFE visit www.cjfe.org. -30- Media contact: Julie Payne, CJFE 416 515 9622 x.226 jpayne@cjfe.org

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