The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) hosted a panel on June 24, 2013, a timely discussion which focused on Ronald Deibert’s new book, Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace. The book explores the Internet’s relationship to citizenship, democracy, and human rights.

The featured panelists included: Ronald Deibert, Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto; Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology; Harvey Rishikof, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security; and moderator Rebecca MacKinnon, a Senior Research Fellow at the New American Foundation.

In a comprehensive and varied discussion, panelists conversed about the threats to cyberspace, its securitization, and the implications for government, civil society, and global Internet governance. The role of the Internet in supporting democratic development efforts around the world was also discussed. Learn more about the presentation here.

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