Internet freedom remains a significant challenge around the world. Highly restrictive countries, such as China and Iran, block residents from accessing search engines, social networks, and news organizations. The U.S. has previously supported the rights of all internet users to freedom of expression, assembly, and association online. However, the Obama administration’s internet freedom agenda has not yet been addressed by the Trump administration. How will the new administration balance internet freedom with its other foreign policy goals? How should the United States promote internet freedom through its trade partnerships?
On June 14, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted an event to explore the potential strategic and implementation changes that lie ahead in the area of internet freedom. A panel of experts discussed the potential impact on U.S. foreign policy initiatives, international relations, and the Trump administration’s goal of negotiating lower trade barriers for American companies.
Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Partner - Wiley Rein LLP
Vice President, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs - Verizon
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If all that’s alleged [regarding Khashoggi] is true, WeWork will be in bed with a regime that has expressed brazen disregard for virtually any norm of international politics. They should tread carefully before accepting a majority stake from a fund that’s in effect a Saudi investment vehicle.