Event: 28 October, 15.00 - Internet access: a new human right 

Dialogue between Parliament President David Sassoli, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, and Professor Romano Prodi, with interventions from Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Simona Levi

The third virtual meeting in the cycle of public dialogues - Ideas for a new world - promoted by the President of the European Parliament with philosophers, writers, economists, exponents of European civil society, and social leaders, will take place on 28 October at 15.00. The goal of these dialogues is to think together about a new Europe that works better and is closer to its citizens in a moment that requires imagination, action, and political courage, breaking from the approaches of the past to face new challenges with new tools.

The title of this third dialogue is “Internet access: a new human right”, which will focus on access to the internet as a right and the challenge for the European Union to make the web and modern digital environment a democratic space, able to reshape our economic model, and give citizens a voice and role in decision-making.

The event will include a dialogue between Parliament President David Sassoli, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and former Commission President Romano Prodi, with interventions from Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Simona Levi.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web, Chief Technology Officer of Inrupt and Co-Founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, which advances the open web as a public good and a basic right.  Sir Tim is also Co-Founder and President of the Open Data Institute and Founder of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He was awarded the ACM Turing Award in 2017, referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing". In 2014, he made a public appeal for internet access to be recognised as a fundamental human right, and in 2019, he launched the Contract for the Web, the first global plan of action to make our online world safe and empowering for everyone.

Simona Levi is a digital rights activist, director of postgraduate studies at the University of Barcelona on Technopolitics and Rights in the Digital Age, and playwright. In 2008, she founded Xnet, a project working at national and European level that has been active on all fronts of the political agenda regarding technology in the last decade. The main focus of its action are on rights in the digital age. In 2017, the North American edition of Rolling Stone magazine chose her as one of 25 people, including activists, technologists and scientists, who are defining the future.

The videoconference can be followed live on the Parliament website, and on the President’s Facebook and Twitter accounts

The live video of the event in broadcast quality will be available here

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