Media for Democracy Forum 2021

Securing Internet Freedom; Forging a New Policy Framework

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The U.S. Agency for Global Media and the National Democratic Institute invite you to join a virtual discussion on  

“Securing Internet Freedom –  

Forging a New Policy Framework”   

Authoritarian controls on internet access have increased at an unprecedented pace in the past two years, particularly under claims of preventing disinformation during the coronavirus pandemic. As more governments seek to restrict information, democracies must evaluate the impacts of these controls and develop effective policy responses. 


Our panelists will examine the scope of global internet restrictions, current strategies and technology being pursued to circumvent them, and the prospects of policy solutions to mitigate the threats to free expression and government accountability. 

Panelists Include: 

  • Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford University 
  • Adrian ShahbazDirector for Technology and Democracy, Freedom House  
  • Nat Kretchun, Deputy Director, Open Technology Fund 

Hosted by:  

  • Moira Whelan, Director for Democracy and Technology, National Democratic Institute 
  • Shawn Powers, Chief Strategy Officer, U.S. Agency for Global Media