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Tibetans attend conference on liberation technology at Stanford University

October 25, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 22, 2010

Dharamshala -- Around 40 participants, including
Tibetans, gathered at Stanford University to
examine how individuals in authoritarian
countries are using liberation technologies, like
the Internet, to expand pluralism and freedom.
They met for a two-day conference on "Liberation
Technology in Authoritarian Regimes" organised by
Stanford University's Center on Democracy,
Development and Rule of Law in association with
Freeman Spogli Institution for International
Studies and The Hoover Institution, from 11 - 12 October.

The participants were from Google, Inc, Middle
East, Russia, Cuba, China, National Endowment for
Democracy (NED), professors from University of
Toronto, UC Berkely, Stanford University, New
York University. The head of the Tibetan Computer
Resource Center of the Central Tibetan
Administration in India and a member from Tibet
Action Institute participated in the conference.

Welcoming the participants to the conference, Dr
Larry Diamond said: "We have brought together an
outstanding and diverse group of people on a
theme that is of growing interest to scholars,
activists and policymakers around the world."

During a closed door meeting of only invited
participants, Mr Namgyal Lhekshey, head of
Tibetan Computer Resource Center (TCRC) of the
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), briefed the
participants about the Central Tibetan
Administration and the role of TCRC in
particular. He also spoke on how CTA's computer
network is targeted as reported by Tracking
GhostNet and Shadows in the Cloud by Citizen Lab,
University of Toronto, in their research findings.

Among the many paper presentations during the
conference Ms Rebecca Mackinnon from New America
Foundation (former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief) gave
a presentation on "Networked Authoritarianism in
China and Beyond: Implications for global Internet freedom".

Mr Walid Al-SAQAF gave a presentation on
"Internet Censorship Challenged". He spoke on how
circumvention technologies can effectively outwit
governments' attempts to filter content.

Other key themes explored during the conference
were "how authoritarian states are censoring,
constraining, monitoring, and punishing the use
of liberation technologies" and "how citizens and
groups can circumvent authoritarian censorship
and control of these technologies."
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