members of the U.S. Senate and House
Global Internet Freedom Caucuses
Senators Chris Coons, Mark Kirk, Bob Casey, Jr.
and Representative Chris
transformative political power of the Internet has seized the imagination of
millions in the United States and abroad. The Arab Spring and other popular
movements around the world highlight the role of new communications tools in
spurring political change. At the same time, autocratic governments seek to
suppress the free use of these tools. As the United States government has
articulated a strategy of promoting global Internet freedom, Congress has
a critical role to play in determining how the United States will manage
this key foreign policy issue.
On May 10,
from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will
hosted an event featuring the Senate and House Caucuses on Global Internet
Freedom, which provide bipartisan leadership and serve as a resource in the
Washington policy community on this important issue. The event featured remarks from caucus members Senator
Chris Coons (D - DE) and
Congressman Chris Smith (R - NJ). It also featured a
panel discussion among experts, including: Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for
Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Daniel Calingaert, Vice President for Policy and External Relations at Freedom House; Pablo Chavez, Director of Public Policy at Google;
Rebecca MacKinnon of the New America Foundation; and Richard Fontaine, Senior
Advisor at CNAS. Caucus members and panelists took questions from the audience and press.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Guest registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center, Room SVC 208-209
E Capitol Street N.E. & 1st Street N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20515