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Conference on Internet Censorship, Interference, and Control

Friday, October 9, 2015
3:15 pm


Friend Center Convocation Room
35 Olden Street
Princeton, 08544 United States
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This conference will be videotaped and livestreamed
Hashtag: #citpcensorship

Video Recordings:

Welcome Keynote: Wendy Seltzer
Panel 1: International Security and Human Rights
Panel 2: Assessing the State of Internet Accessibility
Lunch Keynote: Roger Dingledine
Panel 3: Balkanization of the Internet: Internet Under Attack

What is the current state of internet accessibility, and what technologies and policies can help protect international security and human rights in this area? This conference will explore research by both computer scientists and political scientists into internet censorship, interference, and control. We will consider interdisciplinary perspectives on relevant contemporary questions: What is the state of the art in network measurement, and how can information about social and political conditions better inform future measurements? How should computer scientists measure and study offensive technologies, such as China’s denial of service attacks on Github, and what role should policy play in responding to these security threats? How extensive are national firewalls, internet surveillance, and filter bubbles, and how should citizens and governments respond?


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Welcome and continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Welcome Keynote: Wendy Seltzer

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Panel 1: International Security and Human Rights

Nick Feamster, Princeton University

Hans Klein, Georgia Tech
Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute

Discussion questions:

1. What are the international security and human rights considerations surrounding interference with Internet communications?
2. How do we deal with offensive technologies such as “Great Cannon”?
3. What is the appropriate response to companies that are selling technology to foreign suppressive regimes?
4. What is the role of network scientists and engineers in this discussion? What is the role of political scientists?
5. How can the two groups work together to design policies to prevent and to reciprocate such as sanctions?

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Panel 2: Assessing the State of Internet Accessibility

Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University

Roya Ensafi, Princeton University
Alex Halderman, University of Michigan
Stephen Schultze, Department of State

Discussion questions:

1. What methods do network scientists currently have to measure Internet accessibility?
2. How do we enable repeatable, reliable longitudinal measurements of Internet accessibility?
3. How can empirical network measurements complement methods from qualitative social science?
4. What aspects of sociopolitical context do computer scientists need to be aware of, and what types of data political scientists most need?

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: Roger Dingledine

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Panel 3: Balkanization of the Internet: Internet Under Attack

Barton Gellman, The Century Foundation & Princeton University

Rob Faris, Berkman Center
Joe Hall, Center for Democracy and Technology
Vern Paxson, UC Berkeley

Discussion questions:

1. How can we assess the prevalence of national firewalls and surveillance?
2. What is the current state of “filter bubbles”? How can we best characterize them?
3. What are the effects of the Snowden revelations on attitudes and behavior?


By Car

Find driving directions, campus maps, and campus parking information on the Princeton University website.

If you park on campus, you probably will want to park in Lot 21 and take a Princeton shuttle to the Friend Center; the East Line/East Commuter Line and Campus Circulator run between those stops. Shuttles may be tracked online or through a mobile app with TigerTracker.

There are also metered parking spots and parking garages on campus and nearby in downtown Princeton. The closest parking is usually along William St., Olden St., and Prospect Ave., but you may also reference this parking map.

By Plane

The closest major airports are Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) is also nearby but serves a limited number of routes, all flown by Frontier Airlines.

Once you land, please follow the driving or train directions to reach Princeton.

By Train

The Princeton Junction is the closest major train stop and is on both the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line and the Amtrak Keystone Service and Northeast Regional. These lines all serve New York Penn Station and Newark Airport (if you are flying out of EWR, be sure to get a ticket to Newark Airport, not Newark Penn Station). They also connect to the SEPTA at Trenton Station, and you can take the SEPTA to Philadelphia or other parts of southeastern Pennsylvania.

To reach the Princeton campus from Princeton Junction, you may take a 15-minute cab ride, take a Princeton TigerPAWW bus, or transfer to a small train (the “Dinky”). From TigerPAWW or the Dinky, you may either walk about a mile across campus or take a Princeton shuttle to the Friend Center; the West/West Extension Line, Stanworth Line, and Campus Circulator will take you from Princeton Station (or University Place) to the Friend Center.

It takes about two hours to travel from Princeton to Philadephia, New York Penn Station, or Newark Airport. If you are traveling to Newark Airport, be sure to get a ticket to the airport stop, not to Newark Penn Station.

Recommended Lodging

Local hotels sometimes offer discounted rates for Princeton guests and visitors. If you do not have a car, you also may wish to confirm whether the hotel will have shuttle service to campus when you are staying. Additional information and hotels can be found on the Princeton travel site.

Nassau Inn
Ten Palmer Square East, Princeton, NJ 0854
Phone: 609.921.7500

The Nassau Inn is within walking distance to campus. Click here for walking directions and a map to the conference from the Nassau Inn.

Residence Inn Princeton at Carnegie Center
3563 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609.799.0550

Hyatt Place Princeton
3565 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609.720.0200