A Legal Survey of Internet Censorship and Filtering

16 November 2009 - A Workshop on Openness in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


Based on previous discussions on internet censorship and filtering, this workshop pays particular attention to legal and regulatory frameworks regulating and restricting access and content. The workshop will explore various types of legislation and regulatory frameworks, which are conducive to censorship and practical policy mechanisms in this context. The workshop seeks to examine to what extent freedom of expression and the free flow of information are compromised through such mechanisms.

The speakers are representative of key stakeholders in the area of freedom of expression and of information. 

Affiliations of the panelists:

• Dr. Ismail Serageldin, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
• Guy Berger, School of Journalism & Media Studies, Rhodes University
• Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Sciences of the University of Aarhus
• Rob Faris, Berkman Law Center at Harvard University 
• Under suggestion by Internews International

Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity. 

Geographical representation, involvement of civil society and private sector, equal gender representation are reflected in the workshop 

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

The workshop aims at exploring the different legal and regulatory frameworks restricting access and content, to provide a critical overview of diffuse policy mechanisms to restrict freedom of information and expression.