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By: Steve Ballinger

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 10:27:04 +0000

WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2007 FROM 6.30 PM UK TIME, LONDON AMNESTY HOSTS GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON INTERNET FREEDOM, BROADCAST LIVE ON THE WEB A global, interactive event examining the future of Internet freedom is being hosted in London by Amnesty International and The Observer on the evening of 6 June. ‘Some People Think the Internet is a Bad Thing: The Struggle for Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace’ will be webcast globally from Amnesty’s Human Rights Action Centre to mark the first anniversary of its campaign at Contributors will include: - Victims of internet repression from around the world; - Martha Lane Fox, internet entrepreneur; - Josh Wolf, jailed US blogger; - Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; - Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software movement; -Sami Ben Gharbia from Global Voices; - Cory Doctorow from BoingBoing; - Kevin Anderson, head of blogging at The Guardian. WHEN: 18:30 – 20.30 UK time, Wednesday 6 June 2007 WHERE: Amnesty International’s Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA The evening, chaired by the BBC’s Clark Boyd, comprises live speakers and debate, webcasted contributions from around the world, podcasts and vodcasts from supporters unable to attend on the night, and questions/contributions emailed in from the global audience. Publicised by Amnesty sections across the world, it will involve thousands of people online. The invitation-only event examines the future of internet freedom, including governments’ attempts to repress freedom of expression and information online - with the help of global IT companies - and how web users are harnessing the power of the internet to resist them. ‘Some People Think the Internet is a Bad Thing’ marks the first anniversary of, an Amnesty International campaign to combat the repression of Internet users around the world, launched in The Observer in May 2006. Amnesty is relaunching the new website, featuring a news aggregator that will turn the site into an information hub for anyone interested in the future of Internet freedom. ENDS More media information: Amnesty International UK media unit Steve Ballinger: 020 7033 1548, Out of hours: 07721 398984,