On March 24, 2010, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will hold an event to mark the public launch of the U.S. Senate Caucus on Global Internet Freedom. Caucus co-chairs Senators Ted Kaufman (D-DE) and Sam Brownback (R-KS), and other Senate caucus members including Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Robert Casey (D-PA) and make remarks. Following the Senators’ remarks will be a panel discussion:
- Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor;
- Ambassador Mark Palmer, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs;
- Alan Davidson, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google;
- Richard Fontaine, Senior Fellow at CNAS;
- Daniel Calingaert, Deputy Director of Programs at Freedom House; and
- Rebecca MacKinnon, Visiting Fellow, Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University and Co-Founder, Global Voices Online.
Visibly absent from this discussion is the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, which has a strong vested interest in the subject. Posner leads “DRL”, which is in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs.