November 25, 2013
On October 21 and 22, the Gen Next Foundation co-hosted an event with Google Ideas and the Council on Foreign Relations, "Conflict in a Connected World."
On October 21 and 22, 2013 Google Ideas, the Gen Next Foundation, and Council on Foreign Relations co-sponsored a summit titled, Conflict in a Connected World. It was attended by approximately 200 people—technologists, human rights activists, dissidents, entrepreneurs, executives, government officials, and more—and was the launch pad for three new Google sponsored products that leverage technology to enable free expression around the world.
The Gen Next Foundation and private sector leaders stood out throughout the summit, offering perspective on taking ideation to action and even how to monetize causes for sustainability. Michael Davidson of the Gen Next Foundation spoke during an opening VIP reception of speakers and attendees, at the evening gala, and in closing comments with Jared Cohen of Google Ideas (and Gen Next) and Camille Massey of EVP of the Council on Foreign Relations. We received fantastic support, many inquiries online and in person, and were a conversation point throughout the week.
As a result of this summit, the profile of the Gen Next Foundation is substantially raised on a major public policy challenge and at least 1/3 of summit attendees have begun working on outgrowth projects.
An Evening with the Gen Next Foundation
An evening gala for the entire summit was thrown in appreciation of the Gen Next Foundation. The theme was ‘analog’ to contrast the depth of the technological content, and remind everyone how far we have come.
The dinner was located at Tribeca Rooftop, overlooking the Hudson River and Empire State Building at sunset. Guests were entertained by a live jazz singer and pianist; a YouTube star with more than 1M subscribers; a Polaroid photo booth with 1920s props; black and white films projected on the walls; and even cocktails named after Gutenberg and Edison!
The final touch was a live Google Hangout with Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google, who commented on how to make the prevalence of technology globally a personal mission.
There was great coverage of this summit in many news outlets, with over 100 stories. Here are some of our favorites:
“Google Ideas, the New York City–based “think/do tank” run by the Internet search giant, is launching several new technologies designed to highlight hacker attacks around the world and help people in repressive regimes access the Internet. The new products, which are being announced on Monday at the Google Ideas Summit in New York City, represent the most substantial offerings delivered by the three-year-old Google policy unit and could be a major boon to activists and reformers in the world’s most closed and repressive societies…
…Google Ideas is introducing the new products during a conference in New York City calledConflict in a Connected World, which the tech giant is sponsoring in conjunction with theCouncil on Foreign Relations and the Gen Next Foundation. Computer-security experts, entrepreneurs, dissidents and journalists from around the world have gathered in lower Manhattan to discuss how technology can be both a liberating force — and a tool for state repression.”
“For years, Google has been developing ways to help people living under oppressive regimes thwart online suppression. Today, the company unveils three new tools to help advance the fight…
…Green and Google Ideas director Jared Cohen, a former official in Hillary Clinton’s State Department, will be unveiling uProxy on Monday at a conference called Conflict on a Connected World, hosted in conjunction with the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, and the Gen Next Foundation, a venture philanthropy group. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the Google leaders talked about the new tools and shared their vision for their company’s role in giving cyber dissidents the means to fight their governments.”
The Independent: Google unveils new technology to protect free speech on the web
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