Digital Ethics and the Freedom of Thought: A Conversation

Monday, September 18, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT (UTC–04:00)
Private Event: Panel Discussion (In Person)
FoT DeNardis Web

Georgetown University’s Center for Digital Ethics and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) host an insightful and open conversation at Georgetown’s historic Car Barn, where they will navigate the intricate intersections of technology, digital ethics and freedom of thought. Our panellists include:

  • Susie Alegre, international human rights lawyer and author of the groundbreaking book Freedom to Think: The Long Struggle to Liberate Our Minds. In her book, Susie explores how the powerful have always sought to influence how we think and what we buy, connecting the dots from Galileo to Alexa. She charts the history and fragility of our most important human right: freedom of thought. Using shocking case studies across politics, criminal justice and everyday life, Alegre reveals how our mental freedom is under threat like never before in this digital age.
  • Laura DeNardis, Georgetown professor and endowed Chair in Technology, Ethics, and Society, and  globally recognized scholar in internet governance and advocate for digital rights. The author of The Global War for Internet Governance and other books, Laura has shaped policy decisions worldwide with her extensive research, making her a leading voice in the field.
  • Aaron Shull, managing director and general counsel at renowned tech think tank, CIGI. With a background in law and technology, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge on the legal implications of digital innovations.

Drawing upon Susie’s pivotal new book, the discussion will unravel emerging complexities around technology and society. From the shadowy realms of disinformation to the challenges posed by algorithms, this event promises to be an illuminating exploration of our digital era.

Audience participation will be encouraged, ensuring a holistic conversation that bridges various perspectives.

Event Speakers

Susie Alegre is a CIGI senior fellow and an international human rights lawyer.

Laura DeNardis is a CIGI senior fellow and professor and endowed Chair in Technology, Ethics, and Society at Georgetown University.

Aaron Shull is the managing director and general counsel at CIGI. He is a senior legal executive and is recognized as a leading expert on complex issues at the intersection of public policy, emerging technology, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection.