Freedom and Connectivity: Advancing the Freedom to Communicate in the Americas

Communications and Society Program
Aspen Institute
Monday, October 1, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program will release a report of the Forum on the Freedom to Communicate, , on Monday, October 1, 2012 at the Aspen Institute located at One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event will feature an initial presentation of the Report, followed by responses by Ricardo Salinas, CEO of Grupo Salinas, and Alec Ross, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State. Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, will then moderate a discussion with the audience. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be webcast live at:

The Forum on the Freedom to Communicate addressed issues surrounding the freedoms of expression, association, and connectivity in the 21st Century. The Report resulting from the 2012 conference in Mexico City details actionable recommendations that can enhance freedoms of communication, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. To RSVP for the event, please visit to send us your reply by Monday, September 24, 2012. Unfortunately, this invitation is non-transferable.

For more information about this event, please contact Kiahna Williams, Senior Project Manager, 202-736-5818, [email protected].


  • Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Chairman and CEO, Grupo Salinas
  • Sergio Sarmiento, Syndicated Columnist, Radio and TV Host, TV Azteca
  • Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation, U.S. Department of State
  • Charlie Firestone, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Communications & Society Program