Last week in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, Google with Central European University, hosted Internet at Liberty 2010 conference, which focused on “the promise and peril of online free expression” and the role of individuals, corporations and government in protecting free expression online. The conference drew participants from 74 countries, including many from places where free expression is constantly under threat—such as Kazakhstan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. It drew a large contingent of bloggers and activists from Middle East and representatives from both Iranian and Chinese diasporas. And the liveblog visited by over 3.3 million people around the world.
The issues at the heart of the gathering—and the challenges faced by free expression advocates the world over, were highlighted by our senior vice president, David Drummond, when in his opening remarks to the conference he quoted an email from an activist who could not obtain permission to attend “Internet at Liberty.”
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