Aspen Institute to Host Forum on The Freedom to Communicate

February 14, 2012

Contact: Kiahna Williams
Senior Project Manager
Communications and Society Program

Featured panelists include Alec Ross, Ray Suarez, and Reed Hundt

What: On February 22nd the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in association with Grupo Salinas will host the inaugural Aspen Institute Forum on the Freedom to Communicate. The Forum plans to address issues surrounding the freedoms of expression and connectivity in the 21st Century. Its aim is to arrive at actionable steps by Mexican authorities that can enhance the freedoms of communication in that country. Future forums will travel to other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

The Forum will feature four substantive panel sessions: Freedom and Connectedness, Journalism in the New Media Ecosystem, An Enabling Environment for the Freedom to Communicate, and Conclusions and Recommendations.

When: Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm CST

Where: Tecnológico de Monterrey, C/ Puente 222, Col. Ejidos de Huipulco, Mexico City, MEXICO

Who:Panelists/Speakers include:

  • Joaquin Alvarado, senior vice president of digital innovation, American Public Media
  • Mony de Swaan Addati, chairman, Federal Telecommunications Commission of Communications of Mexico (COFETEL)
  • Fernando Gutiérrez, director, Communications and Art, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Federico Reyes Heroles, president, Fundación Este Pais
  • Reed Hundt, former chairman, U.S. Federal Communications Commission
  • Walter Isaacson, president, Aspen Institute
  • Carlos Lauría, senior americas program coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Monica Lozano, chief executive officer, ImpreMedia
  • María Elena Meneses, professor and coordinator of the fellowship in information society, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Andrés Roemer, executive director, Poder Civico
  • Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation, U.S. Department of State
  • Ricardo Salinas, president and founder, Grupo Salinas
  • Hector Schamis, adjunct professor, latin american studies, Georgetown University
  • Ray Suarez, senior correspondent, PBS News Hour
  • Esther Vargas, journalist and director of journalism Classes, Agencia Andina
  • Enrique Tamés, dean of the school of humanities, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Moderators will be Charlie Firestone, The Aspen Institute, and Sergio Sarmiento, TV Azteca.

This event will be streamed on the web at Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #freedom2c.

EDITORS’ NOTE: Space is limited to members of the press who RSVP.
To RSVP please fill out this form:

The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program serves as a non-partisan venue for global leaders and experts to exchange insights on the societal impact of advances in digital technology and network communications. It also creates a multidisciplinary space in the communications policy-making world where veteran and emerging decision-makers can explore new concepts and develop new policy networks. Visit us on the web at and follow on Twitter @aspencs

Grupo Salinas is a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies, focused on creating shareholder value, and improving society through excellence. By making technology available to all levels of society, Grupo Salinas promotes the development of the countries where it operates. Follow on Twitter @GrupoSalinas_GS


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