Global Network Initiative | 2017 Public Learning Forum


In 2017, threats to freedom of expression and privacy online are escalating around the world. Democratic and authoritarian governments alike are raising the pressure on internet and telecommunications companies to censor controversial content, while online surveillance programs are coming under renewed public scrutiny.

Thorsten Wetzling will participate in this year's GNI Public Learning Forum. He will speak at its second sessions called "Surveillance Law Worldwide and the Privacy Rights of “Others.”

As Congress considers the renewal of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, the GNI brings together US and European surveillance experts to explore whether surveillance laws that distinguish between citizen-residents and foreigners are fit for purpose, and what constitutes appropriate oversight and transparency.

Adam Klein, Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Stephanie Martz, Director, Reform Government Surveillance Coalition
Sarah St Vincent, National Security and Surveillance Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Thorsten Wetzling, Director of the Privacy Project, SNV Berlin


Thorsten Wetzling (Project Lead "Privacy Project)

Dr. Thorsten Wetzling