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The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a time of Surveillance and Disclosure


March 30, 2014-April 1, 2014
Diplomatic Academy
Vienna, ViennaAustria
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Filmed on location in 1948 in the post-World War II rubble of Vienna, the Third Man highlighted the classic Cold War themes of espionage, surveillance and visibility. Vienna also provides the setting for the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar, which will examine the resurgence of these themes in contemporary international relations and journalism.

Rather than looking backward, the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar will look forward, exploring a range of potential diplomatic and regulatory solutions to evolving issues of surveillance and disclosure, or what we call foreign policies of the Internet. Discussions will focus particularly on how non-Western countries are developing their own Internet foreign policy strategies and how these are shaping the evolving global Internet. Panels will explore the role of diplomats, international organizations, the private sector, civil society and the press in influencing internet governance.

In order to encourage an open exchange of ideas, seminar attendance is limited only to invited participants and students. Emerging scholars currently completing a PhD or post doctoral program related to the seminar themes are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Emerging Scholars Program.

An overview of this year’s seminar is included here. More information about previous Milton Wolf Seminars can be found here and on our Facebook Page.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Amelia Arsenault at aarsenault@asc.upenn.edu.