GDPPC Forum kicks off today

GDPPC Forum kicks off today

38 participants from 20 countries are taking part in the Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge final event, currently in its second year, competing to win one of the five $10,000 shcolarship prizes. Before they were selected to come to GDPPC Forum 38 finalists competed against 2,000 students in the first round and 200 students in the second round of GDPPC.

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. Open to undergraduates from all disciplines, students were asked over the course of the past 9 months to explore in two written assignments what policies governments or other groups should adopt to enhance the potential of digital technology to benefit individuals and societies, domestically or internationally, and what limits on Internet freedom are legitimate or desirable. The Forum participants were selected based on the exceptional quality of their written submissions.

Marietje Schaake, member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for the first EU strategy on digital freedom in foreign policy, will deliver the keynote address on the opening day. Digital freedom in a hyper-connected world is the topic that will be discussed today starting at 11:30 CEST in the auditorium of Central European University.

During the Budapest Forum, participants will discuss the most critical issues around digital freedom with international experts, attend workshops focusing on op-ed writing skill and public-speaking and advocacy abilities and compete in two progressive rounds for the scholarships.

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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