Fundamentally flawed: impacts of internet fragmentation on people and the economy
September 23rd 9am PST/ 12pm EST
Governments around the world are increasingly enacting new requirements that drive internet fragmentation, like data localization mandates which enable them to exercise near-complete control of the internet. These requirements interrupt data flows that are necessary to the free, open, secure, and globally connected internet. They stifle economic growth and innovation, and they undermine democratic governance and chill human rights like privacy and free expression. People all over the world will feel the worst effects of internet fragmentation over the coming years unless we act now to promote data flows as essential to global economic development and fundamental rights. This panel convenes technology policy and human rights experts to discuss this pressing issue.