A free and responsible press allows a well-informed citizenry to hold governments and institutions accountable. Free and unencumbered internet access encourages economic development and innovation. In environments where the press is self-censoring, as in Kazakhstan, social media presents one of the last bastions for open expression and commentary on news, social developments, and government activity. Government actions to block internet sites have had a chilling effect on open expression and constrain public access to information and alternate views. Participants will explore the growing roles of social media and internet security in supporting economic development, responsive institutions, and exchange of ideas. Participants will explore how social media is increasingly used to monitor good governance. Participants will look at the value added by free access to information and the impact of the Freedom of Information Act. Participants may include journalists, bloggers, media activists, civil society, legal experts, and judicial and government officials.
The delegations trip to Jacksonville will focus on Florida’s sunshine laws related to government and media. Meetings will explore measures taken to ensure transparency and accountability in city government, best practices in investigative journalism, monitors for mass media activity and compliance, Internet Security Legislation in the state of Florida, and the impact of the Freedom of Information Act. The delegates will also have an opportunity to oversee court proceedings and discuss media relations pertaining to information on court rulings and the affected parties.
The delegation will include 2 government officials focused on monitoring social media and securing sites; a journalist/blogger and human rights activist; and a lawyer/influential media watchdog.
About the International Leadership Program
The IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. Over the last 70 years, the IVLP has developed into the premier professional exchange program in the U.S. and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. Each year, 200 emerging leaders from 70+ countries tour Northeast Florida through the IVLP.
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