2024 Aspen Cyber Summit

Connecting the dots between the cybersecurity challenges of today and the topics that matter to you.

Join us for the 9th annual Aspen Cyber Summit in Washington, DC, on September 18!

Aspen Digital

When the Web Goes Dark

State Control & the Internet

March 9, 2021

Autocrats around the world are manipulating access to the internet as a means of state control, especially in the face of protests and dissent. From Myanmar to Venezuela to Iran, we’ve seen a rise in blackouts cutting off critical channels of communication, an increasingly dangerous prospect in the middle of a pandemic. This public program features experts in human rights, technology, and cyber access to understand the implications of blocking freedom of information, and what can be done about it.


  • Felicia Anthonio, Campaigner, Access Now
  • Shayna Bauchner, Researcher, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Sophie Schmidt, Founder & CEO, Rest of World
  • Adrian Shahbaz, Director, Technology and Democracy, Freedom House
  • Vivian Schiller, Executive Director, Aspen Digital