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The Future Of The Internet: Is It Open and Free?

February 23, 2022 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am GMT

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Hosts Max Beverton-Palmer and Matt Nguyen are from the Internet Policy Unit at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Max’s work focuses on social media, online regulation, and AI governance and ethics. Matt’s work focuses on digital rights, platform governance, and the future of the public sphere. In this salon, they will be discussing the future of the free, open internet. 

This salon is part of a new ten-part series called The Future Of where we’re bringing together a broad and diverse community of people with an interest in shaping an optimistic future enabled by technology. In each salon, we take a deep dive into what is possible and propose that we get together to visualise the future of the Internet, Cities, Food, Education, and many more.

Look out for the next salon in this series on the Future of Cities on the 9th of March. 

The open internet is under threat. Restrictions on internet freedoms are increasing globally, governments are competing to assert their authority, and large tech companies are commanding increasing amounts of influence over what we consume and how we behave online. Who should control the internet? Who holds the responsibility of keeping it open and beneficial? These are some of the questions we will ask as we outline the basic shared principles that the Internet of the future should abide by. 

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February 23, 2022
9:00 am - 10:30 am GMT
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Matt Nguyen
Max Beverton-Palmer