September 21, 2010

Internet at Liberty conference in Budapest

I am currently in Budapest attending the Internet at Liberty conference sponsored by Google and hosted by the Central European University.  The conference brings together many of the world's leading activists working on Internet censorship and surveillance issues. It is being streamed live by Google here.

Google's David Drummond kicked off the event, ending his remarks by the story of an activist who had been invited to join us in Budapest, but could not. The activist explained (presumably via email) that he had sought permission to travel, but found a Kafkaesque bureaucratic response that treated words such as "Internet" and "liberty" and even "University" to be inherently problematic.  I hope the activist has found a way to stream the video, and participate virtually.