Freedom House to Launch Freedom on the Net 2023 on October 4

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Mr. Michael Abramowitz
President of Freedom House

Freedom House, an international non-profit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., in the United States, will launch the 2023 edition of its annual survey and analysis of internet and digital media freedom around the world, Freedom on the Net, on October 4, 2023 with a focus on how advances in artificial intelligence are increasing the scale, speed, and efficiency of digital repression.

The report titled: “Freedom on the Net 2023: The Repressive Power of Artificial Intelligence” will also be released online at freedomhouse.org on October 4.

Announcing the planned launch of the report, Freedom House noted that innovations in the field of artificial intelligence are reshaping an internet already under serious threat.

The launch of the report will feature a presentation on key findings from the report, followed by a discussion by experts of global trends, country-specific developments, and best practices for how to protect internet freedom.

The event will feature welcome remarks from Freedom House President, Mr. Michael J. Abramowitz; an overview of research findings from Ms Allie Funk, Research Director for Technology and Democracy at Freedom House; and a message from Ms Audrey Tang, Minister of Digital Affairs of Taiwan.

This will then be followed by discussion with Ms Nighat Dad, Executive Director of the Digital Rights Foundation; Ms Teresa Hutson, Corporate Vice President of Technology for Fundamental Rights at the Microsoft Corporation; an Ms Kara Swisher, an American journalist and a contributing editor at New York Magazine.

The Freedom on the Net index has measured internet freedom around the world since 2011. The 2022 report rated Freedom on the Net in Nigeria as “partly free”, scoring the country 57 points out of a maximum possible score of 100.