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Global Censorship Conference to be Held March 30-April 1 at Yale Law School


The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School will be holding a conference on global censorship from March 30 to April 1, 2012, at Yale Law School. This program is sponsored by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and Thomson Reuters.

Are you concerned with how new technologies affect public discourse in the United States and abroad? Do you wonder if the government can stop you from making your voice heard? Censorship evokes images of burning books and Tiananmen Square, but the censorship game has changed in the age of wiretapping, IP address blocking, cell phones, and social networking. Governments use different strategies to censor, and the public uses new technology to communicate and organize.

How government censorship has changed in response to advances in technology is one of a number of topics to be discussed at the conference, as well as the technical and legal methods that can be used to circumvent censorship domestically and abroad, and the new political controversies that are developing.

“This conference is the first major event for the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, and it brings together an exciting group of thinkers from law, political science, computer science, business and the non-profit sector to discuss the lessons of the past few years,” explained Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin, director of the Abrams Institute and the Information Society Project. “We think the study of free expression in the digital age should be international and interdisciplinary.”

"The vice of censorship is worldwide in scope and ever-changing in implementation," stated Floyd Abrams '59, one of the country’s leading experts in freedom of speech and press. "I am delighted that the Abrams Institute, as its first large-scale event, has invited such a knowledgeable, distinguished, and engaged group of individuals to examine this critical and timely topic."

Conference speakers include activists from Syria, Egypt, India, and Brazil; lawyers from the ACLU and Center for Democracy and Technology; members of the Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin; Harvard Law Professor Yochai Benkler; Rebecca MacKinnon; and many other accomplished lawyers, policymakers, and technologists.

A complete list of panelists and registration information is available here

M/CLE credit is available for conference attendance. Advance registration is required for all attendees.

For more information, please contact Meredith Berger at