Breaking Through Internet Censorship


As the UN humanitarian headquarters and the host city of numerous NGOs, Geneva is considered the world capital of human rights. The Swiss branch of Reporters Without Borders and NY-based PEN American Center partner to celebrate World Day Against Cyber Censorship, an initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders in 2008 to support a single Internet without walls and available to all. Though walls still stand today, bloggers, hacktivists and specialists in Internet security have been astonishingly creative in their circumvention of censorship, matching the vanguard vigilance of censors.

Participants: Stéphane Koch (Vice-President for the ethical hacking company, High-Tech Bridge SA, Founder of, Ebtihal Mubarak (Brooklyn-based Saudi journalist and blogger), Thérèse Obrecht (President, Swiss branch of Reporters Without Borders), Anas Qtiesh (San Francisco-based Syrian blogger and activist), and a surprise guest

Moderated by Rebecca MacKinnon (Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; author of Consent of the Networked)

Come hear international bloggers who will share their personal experience with censorship, and Internet experts who will offer information and new technology to help netizens of the world outwit surveillance.

In partnership with PEN American Center

Event Date & Time

Monday, March 12, 7P.M.


Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square


Free and open to the public
RSVP required: