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DC Chapter of the Internet Society Events - Feb 22 &March 1, 2012

The Internet Society is a global organization that seeks to maintain a free and open internet - and is having two interesting events.

I. Social Media and Freedom, Promoting Democracy in the Middle East

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (ET)

Discussion Leaders:
  • Davin Hutchins – Managing Editor, Middle East Voices at Voice of America
  • Sherif Mansour - Senior Program Officer, Freedom House
  • Sirwan Kajjo – Syrian human rights activist and journalist

Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)
  • Panelists:
    • Bob Frankston –
      • Bob Frankston is the co-creator with Dan Bricklin of the VisiCalc spreadsheet program and the co-founder of Software Arts, the company that developed it.
    • Brough Turner – Founder, netBlazr, Inc.
      • Brough Turner is a well established communications industry engineer and entrepreneur. He founded netBlazr to dramatically change the landscape for broadband Internet access in the US. Previously Brough was founder and CTO of Natural MicroSystems (IPO 1994) and NMS Communications, building several successful businesses in fixed and mobile communications equipment.
    • Preston Rhea – Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation
      • Preston Rhea is a Program Associate for the Open Technology Initiative at the New America Foundation. He supports OTI's mission of digital justice for its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program work with research, analysis, writing and program assistance. Preston also researches and writes on community-based communications and technology activism. Before joining the New America Foundation, Preston spent a year in Beijing, China working for an internet content delivery network

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