FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council
$20 for the General Public; Free for SECWAC members and students
Waterford, CT (October 11, 2018) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Robert Morgus is to speak on The Battle for the Global Internet, at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24 at Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.
As recently as 2014, the Internet appeared to have reached an “End of History,” as one set of ideas seemed to have prevailed in defining the World Wide Web: one that favored freedom and openness and incorporated all stakeholders in decision making. But today, two ideological poles of defining the internet have emerged: on one end of the spectrum, a model that keeps tight control over information and emphasizes the sovereignty of states; on the other, a free, open, and global internet. In his SECWAC presentation on October 24, Robert Morgus will explore how this fracture happened, why it matters, and where things might go from here.
A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the main event beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is a part of the SECWAC 2018-2019 Speaker Series. For non-members, tickets ($20) may be purchased at the door; ticket cost can subsequently be applied towards a SECWAC membership. Attendance is free for SECWAC members (and their guests). Membership September 2018 through June 2019 is $75; $25 for young professionals under 35; free for area college and high school students.
Immediately following the presentation, SECWAC meeting attendees have the option for $35 to attend a dinner with the speaker at the Old Lyme Country Club. Reservations are required by Friday, October 19, at 860-912-5718.
Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board. Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-388-9241.
Robert Morgus is a Sr. Policy Analyst and Deputy Director with the non-partisan think tank New America in Washington, where he leads the institution’s work on international cybersecurity policy. His research has been published and recognized by the New York Times, Slate, the Council on Foreign Relations, peer-reviewed academic journals, and numerous other national and international media outlets. He currently serves as a member of the Research Advisory Network for the Global Commission on Internet Governance, the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyber Space, and has served as an expert advisor for the World Economic Forum. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs, with honors, from Occidental College, has a background in international security, and is conversant in three languages.
SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.
SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policy makers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at http://secwac.org.
CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents ‘The Battle for Global Internet’ with Robert Morgus, Sr. Policy Analyst, Cybersecurity Initiative, New America, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Free for members. Annual membership is $75; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students. More information at http://secwac.org.
The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.