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U.S. Department of State Hosts Tech@State: Internet Freedom Conference

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 5, 2013


The U.S. Department of State will host a symposium focusing on the use of technology to enhance and expand Internet Freedom at the Tech@State: Internet Freedom conference March 8-9, 2013.

Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) Michael Posner and Interim Dean of the GWU Law School Professor Gregory Maggs will deliver opening remarks. Former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States Andrew McLaughlin will deliver the keynote address followed by sessions on the challenges facing internet freedom and the role that technology plays in enhancing internet freedom. The second day will be an all-day “unconference,” at which attendees will generate their own agenda based on the interests and expertise of the crowd.

The event will be held at two separate locations. On Friday, March 8, the symposium will be held on the campus of George Washington University (GWU) at the Jack Morton Auditorium (Media and Public Affairs Building), located at 805 – 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052 from 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, March 9, the symposium will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the GWU Law School (Lerner Hall), located at 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Participants and conference leaders include representatives from the U.S. government, social media companies, international non-governmental organizations, non-profit, and academic institutions. A conference event schedule and speaker biographies can be found here.

Registration is free and open to the general public. The event will be streamed live online here. Participants can also follow the conference live on Twitter through @eDipAtState, @StateDept, and @TechAtState and via hastag #TechAtState.

For more information, please contact Tim Hayes at or 202-453-9487.

PRN: 2013/0247

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