[A2k] FW: InternetFreedom @ Heritage

Peter Maybarduk pmaybarduk at citizen.org
Wed Aug 1 14:16:22 PDT 2012


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EVENT ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2012

CONTACT: Will Rinehart
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Will the Real Internet Freedom Please Stand Up?
Featuring
The Honorable Rand Paul (R-KY)
Introduction by
The Honorable Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)



Debates over Internet and telecom policy are increasingly being framed in terms of "Internet Freedom." But what does this lofty concept really mean?

A vaguely worded Declaration of Internet Freedom<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=57774314&msgid=230962&act=SV8E&c=871187&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.internetdeclaration.org> was recently issued by a broad coalition, some of which are already using the document to push for increased regulation, such as net neutrality mandates. TechFreedom and the Competitive Enterprise Institute organized a counter-declaration<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=57774314&msgid=230962&act=SV8E&c=871187&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fdeclarationofinternetfreedom.org%2F> signed by a coalition of free market groups and leading academics that shares much common ground, but emphasizes restraint, respect for the rule of law, and humility as guiding principles for policymakers approaching the Internet and digital markets.

Can these two visions be reconciled or are they fighting for very different goals?  What is real Internet Freedom?

Please join TechFreedom<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=57774314&msgid=230962&act=SV8E&c=871187&destination=http%3A%2F%2Ftechfreedom.org>, the Heritage Foundation<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=57774314&msgid=230962&act=SV8E&c=871187&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heritage.org%2F> and the Competitive Enterprise Institute<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=57774314&msgid=230962&act=SV8E&c=871187&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcei.org%2F> to hear Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Marsha Blackburn explain why "Internet Freedom" will be a increasingly important cause in the coming years, and what that term should mean for conservatives, libertarians, and all those skeptical about government.

The event will be livestreamed on Heritage.org<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=57774314&msgid=230962&act=SV8E&c=871187&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fheritage.org> and you can follow the conversation on Twitter at #InternetFreedom.

When:
Thursday, August 2, 2012
9:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m.

Where:
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

RSVP here.<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=57774314&msgid=230962&act=SV8E&c=871187&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heritage.org%2Fevents%2F2012%2F08%2Frand-paul-internet-freedom>

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About TechFreedom:
TechFreedom<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=57774314&msgid=230962&act=SV8E&c=871187&destination=http%3A%2F%2Ftechfreedom.org> is a non-profit, non-partisan technology policy think tank. We work to chart a path forward for policymakers towards a bright future where technology enhances freedom, and freedom enhances technology.





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