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The Need for Civil Digital Discourse: A conversation with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Andrea Weckerle, founder of CiviliNation

Upholding the Core Ideals of Democracy and Freedom of Speech: The Need for Civil Digital Discourse

13 Jun 7pm-1am

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The Internet enables everyone to share their thoughts and ideas with others around the world. Unfortunately, instances of online hostility are also increasing in frequency and severity. Online hostility has become a global epidemic that not only negatively effects victims, but also society as a whole.

Andrea Weckerle, founder of CiviliNation, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and a board member of CiviliNation, will talk about the severity of online hostility, its emotional, physical and reputational effects on victims, and why a true expression of freedom of speech requires the creation of a healthy online environment where everyone can fully engage and contribute without fear or threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment, or lies. Weckerle and Wales will explain why freedom of expression is a fundamental human right that no one should have taken away from them by being shut down or silenced.

Copley Formal Lounge

Georgetown University , 37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007

Add to Calendar 2011-06-13 19:00 2011-06-13 01:00 America/New_York The Need for Civil Digital Discourse: A conversation with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Andrea Weckerle, founder of CiviliNation The Internet enables everyone to share their thoughts and ideas with others around the world. Unfortunately, instances of online hostility are also increasing in frequency and severity. Online hostility has become a global epidemic that not only negatively effects victims, but also society as a whole. Andrea Weckerle, founder of CiviliNation, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and a board member of CiviliNation, will talk about the severity of online hostility, its emotional, physical and reputational effects on victims, and why a true expression of freedom of speech requires the creation of a healthy online environment where everyone can fully engage and contribute without fear or threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment, or lies. Weckerle and Wales will explain why freedom of expression is a fundamental human right that no one should have taken away from them by being shut down or silenced. Copley Formal Lounge , Georgetown University , 37th and O Streets, NW Washington, District of Columbia, United States 20007 MM/DD/YYYY