Marietje Schaake to open GDPPC Forum with keynote address on digital freedom


Digital freedom in a hyper-connected world is the topic that will open Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge 2012 - 2013 final event in Budapest on 17th June starting at 11:30 CEST in the auditorium of Central European University.

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 while discussion will be moderated by Thorsten Benner, Director of the Global Public Policy Institute.

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. 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. 

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.

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