Is the Free and open Internet Dying?

Remember when the internet first became popular? It opened a new world of public virtual spaces, a ‘third space’ much like the Parisian salons and the Viennese cafes – defined by autonomy, anonymity and equality in communicative power for each and every netizen.

Fast forward two decades, and the internet today is barely recognisable. Every page you surf, every word you search, someone will be watching you. What does this mean for the future of internet freedom? Is it really as open as we think it is?

In this talk, Prof. Lokman Tsui will take us through a brief journey through time about the past, present and future of the internet, highlighting the key moments that have damaged this ‘third space’, and discussing the implications for our cultural, economic and political rights.

This talk will be delivered in English.



Lokman Tsui is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on free expression and internet policy. Born and raised in the Netherlands, he completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently held a public policy role as the Head of Free Expression for Asia-Pacific at Google. He was also a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and a co-editor of The Hyperlinked Society: Questioning Connections in the Digital Age (2008). Lokman is also a columnist at The Guardian, as well as a regular blogger, and managed the unofficial website for filmmaker Wong Kar Wai for many years.




7:30 PM @ Club 71