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GDPPC Forum: Decision day for 12 finalists

Twelve finalists will compete for the final prizes today at Szabó Ervin Library in Budapest as a part of the Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge 2012 - 2013 final event. Each finalist is given four policy briefs to choose from the previous day. In the three hours, the finalists are asked to challenge one of the four policy briefs in an 800 word long op-ed and offer recommendations.

Yesterday after 38 individual presentation (5minutes each) and 10 minutes of cross- examination from the judges students defended their policy brief and their proposed recommendations. The students also took questions from the audience (the other students) who wrote them down (anonymously) during each presentation and sent it to the judges who read them out to the presenter. After all presentations from the students judges had hard job to chose only 12 of them who will compete for one of the five prizes.

All non-finalists will visit the Hungarian Parliament.

The Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge, currently in its second year, offers undergraduates across disciplines and continents an opportunity to explore issues of global importance from different points of view. This year’s theme “Digital Freedom and its Limits” focuses among others on questions of internet governance, online censorship, and freedom of expression on the Internet.

GDPPC is jointly organized by the Global Public Policy Institute, the International Debate Education Association, the European Council of Foreign Relations and the Central European University School of Public Policy. The project is supported by the Open Society Foundations.

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