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Videoconferencing opportunity – Constitution Day Student Summit

July 13th, 2010 by Andrew

Constitution Day Student Summit
For students age 16+September 17, 2010 3pm to 7pm
The project will support a day-long “Constitution Day Student Summit” for students in 15 southwest regional school districts. The students will apply the principles of the US Constitution to the regulation of the Internet by creating a “Bill of Rights for the Internet”. Students at Cornell High School for the event will work with students in (four) other countries through videoconference.  Participating students will share ideas prior to the event through a webpage modelled after the “Letters to the Next President” site (

  • Students will analyze the relationship between national and international laws.
  • Students will assess how other countries view and interpret fundamental freedoms.
  • Students will draft an international agreement defining what rights individuals should have on the Internet.

Schedule of Events:

  • 3:00 – 3:15 Welcome
  • 3:15 – 4:00 Panelist Discussion forum on Fundamental Freedoms and the Internet (Students will have the opportunity to backchannel during this portion of the event).
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Q&A with Panelists
  • 4:45 – 5:45 Breakout Sessions (Students will work though scenarios and develop a component of a “Bill of Rights for the Internet”. Each breakout session will develop language for the “Bill of Rights for the Internet” related to one of the following concepts: Free Speech, Privacy, Content Filtering, and Access.
  • 6:00 – 7:00  Break-out Groups Report to Group (Students will have the opportunity to backchannel during this portion of the event).

Press Announcement at:

Reference materials list:

To start the discussion:

Clark Rogers of the National Flag Foundation shares…(from the China hearings of the Congressional Executive Commission on China)…
“The recent Google controversy with China raises the question of whether China’s regulation of the Internet is both a human rights and a trade issue. Witnesses will examine the challenges and hazards China’s regulation of the Internet poses both to advocates of free expression and to foreign companies doing business in China; and possible ways for policymakers and private actors to respond to China’s regulation of the Internet from both the human rights and trade perspectives. Witnesses will include technology industry representatives and human rights advocates.”

Please let Tim Boundy (tim.boundy (at)  know if you would like to form one of the international VC student groups, or just watch the stream and take part in the online discussion.

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