On Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:30pm ET, Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jon Penney will speak at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

With Internet censorship on the rise around the world, organizations and researchers have developed and distributed a variety of tools to assist Internet users to both monitor and circumvent such censorship. This talk will examine more closely some of the international law and politics of such censorship resistance activities through three case studies involving past global communications censorship and information conflicts- telegraph cable cutting and suppression, high frequency radio jamming, and direct broadcast satellite blocking- and the world community’s response to these conflicts.

In addition to illustrating some of the legal, political, and security concerns that have animated historical instances of global communications censorship, the lecture will aim to extrapolate lessons and insights for Internet censorship (and its resistance) today, such as the legality of censorship (and its circumvention), the role of international institutions in disrupting (or facilitating) communications, and the effectiveness of Internet censorship monitoring and circumvention.

The event will be webcast live. For more information, see here.