Monday, March 26, 2012

Go On! MacKinnon et al. @ ASIL-IDEAS

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

I'm delighted to announce that Rebecca MacKinnon (left) will be the first speaker in a new series being introduced by ASIL this week at the American Society of International Law annual meeting.
The series is entitled "ASIL-IDEAS: Ideas, Direction, Engagement, Action, Solutions." The ASIL-IDEAS series consists of three shorter, TED-style talks designed to inspire, introduce innovative ideas, and provoke discussion about new challenges in the field of international law. As the annual meeting program explains, the talks are being scheduled during morning coffee breaks so that attendees can hear from new people and
'share ideas and best practices over a cup of coffee.'
Rebecca conducts research, writing, and advocacy on global Internet policy, freedom of expression, and the impact of digital technologies on human rights. Her talk is scheduled for Thursday morning from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Roosevelt Room, and will focus on current challenges to global Internet freedom. As she explains in her book Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, released this past January:
'[I]t is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers individuals and societies, and address the more fundamental and urgent question of how technology should be structured and governed to support the rights and liberties of all the world’s Internet users.'
The ASIL-IDEAS talks on Friday and Saturday will be take place from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. each day:
► Friday's talk will feature Ted Parson, from the University of Michigan talking about climate engineering.
► On Saturday, Zahi Khouri and Oren Shachor will be discussing the Jerusalem Arbitration Center, which provides a mechanism for resolving Palestinian and Israeli commercial disputes. Penn State Law Professor Catherine Rogers has blogged about the Jerusalem Arbitration Center on IntLawGrrls here.

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