2014 Oslo Freedom Forum
October 21, 2014
American journalist and policy analyst Emily Parker describes how the Internet is a powerful tool not just for free speech, but for collective action in countries where mass demonstrations are quickly shut down or banned outright. Chronicling internet activism in Russia and China, Parker tells us that online, activists “know who their comrades are,” a luxury they do not have access to offline. Parker knows that not everyone on the Internet believes in the ideals of freedom and human rights—especially the online presence of authoritarians—but is optimistic about the power of the Internet to un-muzzle even the most repressive of authorities.