GNI will host our 2016 Learning Forum on November 30th, convening GNI members and experts to discuss cutting-edge issues for privacy and free expression online.

During the forum, we will also launch our policy brief: “Extremist Content and the ICT Sector.” The document contains a set of recommendations aimed at governments and companies who want to protect and respect free expression and privacy rights when they respond to alleged extremist or terrorist content online.

The full program for the forum is below and attendance is by invitation only. Please contact David Sullivan, [email protected] if you are interested in attending the event.


GNI Annual Public Learning Forum
“Storms on the Horizon: Contending with Complex Free Expression and Privacy Challenges Online”
Wednesday, November 30th
Hosted by the Georgetown University Master of Science
in Foreign Service Program

Welcome Remarks

  • Michael Samway, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
  • Mark Stephens, Independent Board Chair, Global Network Initiative

Panel 1: Extraterritoriality and Global Threats to Free Expression and Privacy

This session will go around the world in an hour, illustrating the challenges facing companies arising from conflicts of law as governments attempt to assert control over content and user data beyond their borders. Topics to be covered include data localization mandates, whether the right to be forgotten is going global, and contentious legislative developments in key countries.

  • Farieha Aziz, Executive Director, Bolo Bhi, Pakistan
  • Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor, American University Washington College of Law
  • Andrea Glorioso, Counsellor for the Digital Economy, Delegation of the European Union to the USA
  • Dawn Nunziato, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Andy O’Connell, Manager, Global Policy Development, Facebook
  • Moderated by Arturo Carrillo, Professor of Clinical Law, George Washington University Law School

Panel 2 – Grappling with Violent Extremism Online: Toward Transparency and Due Process

GNI’s new policy brief on extremist content online will be presented, and representatives from government and international institutions, companies, academia, and civil society organizations will discuss the best way to protect freedom of expression and privacy while responding to extremism online.

  • Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security
  • Emma Llansó, Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
  • Bernard Shen, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
  • David Sullivan, Director of Learning and Development, Global Network Initiative
  • Moderated by Bennett Freeman, Board Secretary, Global Network Initiative