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Munk School of Global Affairs to host a series of dialogues connecting Iranian youth inside and outside of Iran

March 4, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto is pleased to present a series of interactive conversations that will take place in Berlin, Toronto, London, and Silicon Valley – all live online – during the first week of March 2014. These discussions will bring together experts, thought- leaders, media, and entrepreneurs from the international Iranian community together virtually with youth inside Iran to share a broad range of views on Iran’s future.

Each of these events will be broadcast live in Farsi and will address topics that specifically matter to Iranian youth: entrepreneurship, media and journalism, information and communication technology, human rights and civil society, and more. Each of these dialogue themes were informed by an online survey conducted with over 19,000 Iranians inside Iran.

The aim of this series is to facilitate a digital, transnational conversation between young Iranians both inside Iran and the global Diaspora community. Iranian youth possess a great deal of talent and expertise, however, geographic and political constraints render it difficult for these two groups to openly and easily converse. These events are intended to help open a wider platform for young Iranians to engage in discussion with their international counterparts on topics that matter most to them.

Leveraging popular social media platforms along with Psiphon’s censorship circumvention technology (originally developed at the Munk School), the Global Dialogue’s platform engages an audience of over one million users inside Iran. Information on the locations and details on the events and panelists can be found on the Global Dialogue website at:

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