Israeli, Turkish diplomats featured at CCLP Washington lunch

Arnold Zeitlin, a visiting professor at Hong Kong University's Journalism and Media Studies Centre, discusses the "small-world" coincidences of life as experienced during one of CCLP's "First Monday" Washington D.C. lunches. A small pleasure of living close to Washington, D.C., is the opportunity to sample the smorgasbord of public affairs conversations staged almost daily by the numerous think tanks and lobby groups in the capital. They provide a continuing education program allowing me to keep fresh the knowledge I've accrued in a career of seeking information. They also provide a social function, since many of these conversations involve friends…

Panelists find progress in free flow of information worldwide

WASHINGTON – Speakers at a CCLP forum at the Newseum provided mostly positive assessments of worldwide freedom of information. Vint Cerf, widely described as "father of the Internet," said the combination of the Internet with mobile telephones has extended freedom of information to billions of people worldwide. If there is a better technology, he added, he doesn't know about it – or he would be investing in it. Cerf, who serves as Google's vice president and chief Internet evangelist (yes, that's his official title), did express a concern. Governments and politicians keep trying to control the Internet, just as governments…