San Francisco Supporter and Friend Lunch

May 09, 2012
12:00pm1:30pm

Event Speakers

Jerry Brito

Former Senior Research Fellow

Is the government trampling on free speech? Please add your voice to this discussion at a lunch hosted by Mercatus Center senior scholar Jerry Brito, who will explain how proposed federal government regulation of the Internet may chill open communication.

“Free speech is the bulwark of democracy, liberty, and science, and we should tread carefully when we consider restraining it online or anywhere else,” says Brito.

Governments attempt to control online information for a variety of reasons: to protect public morals, privacy, intellectual property, or security. How is our federal government attempting to regulate in these areas? Is this necessary, or is it an example of government overreaching?

“It’s amazing to think about it, but no state governs the Internet today. Decisions about its architecture are made by consensus among engineers and other volunteers. And that, in fact, is what has kept it open and free,” Brito says.

This is not a fundraising event, and there is no charge to join us. We are pleased to have you as our guest to show our thanks and appreciation to our donors. Dress is business casual. Please invite friends or associates who might be interested.

To RSVP for yourself and your guests, please contact Ashley Schiller at 703-993-9228 or aschille@gmu.edu no later than May 2nd