Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace

May 25, 2010
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Featuring a conversation with:

Bob Boorstin
Google, Inc.   

Ronald J. Deibert
University of Toronto   

John Palfrey
Harvard University   

Rafal Rohozinski
SecDev Group    

Jonathan Zittrain
Harvard University

moderated by:

Moises Naím
Foreign Policy Magazine

About the Event

As the global Internet expands in reach and ability to influence, governments are pursuing strategies to establish controls and policing over this domain that reflect national laws and values. These tendencies are evident in democratic as well as authoritarian states. Government intervention has become more pronounced and pervasive – and censorship and surveillance practices are on the rise.

First-generation controls, typified by China’s “Great Firewall,” are being replaced by more sophisticated techniques that go beyond mere denial of information and aim to normalize (or even legalize) a climate of control. These next-generation techniques include strategically timed distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, targeted malware, surveillance at key points of the Internet’s infrastructure, take-down notices, and stringent terms-of-usage policies.

Access Controlled, the second volume from the OpenNet Initiative, documents emerging trends and technologies as governments around the world seek to shape, limit, and control the Internet.

This new volume updates and expands on the OpenNet Initiative’s 2008 publication, Access Denied. Six new chapters written by leading experts analyze trends and patterns shaping Internet controls worldwide. The volume presents six up-to-date regional reports and 29 country profiles based on ONI’s extensive infield research and technical testing.

About the Speakers

Bob Boorstin is a Director of Public Policy in the Washington D.C. office of Google, where he focuses on global promotion of online free expression.  Mr. Boorstin previously worked for the Center for American Progress, where he founded the national security programs, and served in the Clinton administration for seven years.  He began his professional life as a journalist and has also worked in public opinion research and political communications.

Ron Deibert is associate professor of political science and Director of the Citizen Lab, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. He is a co-founder and principal investigator of the Open Net Initiative and the Information Warfare Monitor.

John Palfrey is a professor of law at Harvard Law School and a faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He is a co-principal investigator of the Open Net Initiative.

Rafal Rohozinski is the CEO of the SecDev Group and Psiphon, Inc. He was formerly the Director of the Advanced Network Research Group, Cambridge Security Program, University of Cambridge. He is a co-founder and principal investigator of the Open Net Initiative and the Information Warfare Monitor, and is senior research advisor to the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Jonathan Zittrain is a professor of law at Harvard Law School, a co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and served as its first executive director from 1997-2000. He is a co-principal investigator of the Open Net Initiative.

Moises Naím is editor in chief of Foreign Policy and a member of the NED Board of Directors.  He has written extensively on international politics and economics, economic reforms, and globalization. He is the author or editor of nine books, numerous essays, professional articles and his opinion columns are regularly published in the world’s leading newspapers. Dr. Naím, holds a PhD from MIT, served as Venezuela’s minister of trade and industry and as Executive Director at the World Bank.