The Global Fight for Internet Freedom

8 December 2021  12:00 - 13:00

Virtual Event | Organised by Center for Democracy & Technology | Held in United States in English
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The global, open internet is core to a free and democratic society. But right now, its future is at stake. Around the world, we’ve witnessed efforts to shut down internet services and restrict people’s ability to express themselves freely and safely online – underscoring a global, overall decline in internet freedom. The consequences of these attempts are far-reaching, touching human rights, economic growth and development, and beyond.

At the same time, leaders in democratic nations are struggling with challenges arising from online speech; debating how to respond effectively to online mis- and disinformation, hate speech, harassment and more.

As leaders convene for President Biden’s Summit for Democracy, how should they navigate these far-reaching challenges? How can governments articulate a vision for a global, open internet grounded in democratic values and human rights?

On Wednesday, December 8th, at 12:00 pm ET, the Center for Democracy & Technology will host a virtual panel to address these questions.


  • Alexandra Givens, President & CEO, CDT
  • Neema Singh Guliani, Head of National Security, Democracy and Civil Rights Public Policy, Americas, Twitter
  • Karen Kornbluh, Senior Fellow and Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, German Marshall Fund
  • Meg King, Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Wilson Center