The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) hosted a panel discussion on online free speech and internet access, and the subsequent challenges facing journalists, media, and civil society on May 8th, 2017
An open internet – where citizens can express themselves, share and debate ideas, and conduct commerce online – is considered an essential part of a modern, vibrant democracy and market economy. Internet freedom is at a critical juncture today. Recognizing that the internet is now one of the most valued ways for people to connect, many authoritarian states and declining democracies are imposing restrictive regulations and online repression, putting the work of civil society and journalists under threat. How can independent voices have a safe space online in an unsecure digital world?