March 5-9, 2018
Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance
The Global Unconference of the Internet Freedom Communities
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Latest News and Updates from the Community
#StopRemovingIranianApps campaign challenges Apple
From Change.org: “Apple has been removing Iranian apps from the app store. In response, an anonymous group has started the #StopRemovingIranianApps campaign, since they believe this is unfair to the many talented Iranian developers. Currently, Apple iOS devices are actively used by 6 million people, with more than 11% of smartphones in Iran being iPhones. This makes Iran one of Apple’s biggest markets in the MENA region. The campaign has already garnered over 16k signatures.
Turkey: Detention of eight human rights defenders
From Front Line Defenders: “On the morning of 5 July 2017, the Ascot hotel on the island of Buyukada, a venue where a workshop organised by the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly for Turkish human rights defenders was raided by Turkish police. The five day workshop on the topic of holistic security began on 2 July 2017. Ten human rights defenders participating in the workshop were detained by the police. The defenders were separated into groups of two, with the eight Turkish defenders being subsequently transferred to different police stations in Istanbul while the two foreigners remained at Buyukada police station. For over 24 hours following their arrests, the human rights defenders were not permitted to contact their families.”
“Projects and plans are developing and cross-pollinating everywhere at IFF – there are so many ways to contribute, learn, and fight for online freedom. For those of us who usually do our work at a computer screen, the in-person energy at IFF was revitalizing.”
“The Internet Freedom Festival is unique in its ability to bring a very diverse group of people from different cultures and with different backgrounds (including policy, technology, and advocacy) together to work on issues related to privacy, anonymity, and access to information online.”
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Not a Conference: A Festival
The IFF is a one-of-a-kind gathering in the Internet Freedom community
Collaboration Starts Here
The IFF fosters meaningful interaction between different groups and regions. You will have the chance to productively collaborate with participants from around the globe, in a unique opportunity to work together face-to-face.
By the Community, for the Community
Curated by a diverse and committed group of 28 IFF Fellows across 8 distinct Themes, the IFF program is 100% participant-created. As a gathering made for this community, by this community, it’s your participation that makes the IFF possible – so think big, be creative, and send us your session ideas
*Data from the 2017 Internet Freedom Festival
The IFF program is not the only thing that is community-led. Every new iteration of the festival itself is an evolution of the previous, built on your feedback, suggestions and active contributions. We are in beta mode, and we will always be.
Not a Conference: A Festival
Participate and have fun during sessions, and during the exciting conversations emerging from a positive and vibrant atmosphere. Our cultural events, opening up the city of Valencia for you to explore, and social evenings with fellow participants are not to be missed!
Designed for Your Goals
With its modular and multifaceted structure, the main goal of the IFF is to ensure you have the space and tools to build your own fulfilling experience. Whether you come to build support for your project, or simply to learn from others, our goal is to support yours.
How did the Internet Freedom Festival become one of the largest, most diverse and inclusive unconferences in the Internet Freedom community?
Built on Diversity and Inclusion
The Internet Freedom Festival’s Diversity & Inclusion Fund is a collaborative funding initiative designed to give voice to underrepresented groups and give them more presence within the larger Internet Freedom community, providing them with the means to attend the Internet Freedom Festival, in March 2018.
Lead 2017 IFF Facilitator
2017 IFF Diversity Advisor
The 2018 Internet Freedom Festival Themes
The IFF is organized around seven themes, focusing on the needs identified by the different communities around the world
The Internet Freedom Festival Themes are the general areas of interest that will be discussed during the gathering, providing a structure to the program. Think of Themes as circles in a venn diagram, overlapping and creating new, unexpected, original outcomes.
The Internet Freedom Festival’s program is curated by the IFF Fellows, an outstanding and diverse cohort of 20 professionals & community leaders. Coming from 17 different countries, they will work together to review and select sessions across the entire IFF Program, to ensure that diverse viewpoints and voices are well represented.
On the Frontlines
This theme creates a space for individuals on the frontlines, with two specific goals in mind: providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to stay safe online, and an opportunity to share regional experiences about current and upcoming surveillance and censorship challenges.
The On the Frontline Theme topics include:
- Circumventing Censorship
DDoS Mitigation for Activists/Journalists
Conversations with Frontline Defenders
Tool Monitoring Setup
Making Better Tech
The Making Better Tech theme is a space for the technologists that are driving the next generation of security and privacy tools. The theme is geared towards sharing knowledge on improving existing tools, collectively tackling known obstacles, and helping the community strategize on how to work better, together.
The Making Better Topic Theme topics include:
- Tool Design
Product and Product Management
Co-design / Community-Led Tool Design
FOSS Community Building
Training and Best Practices
The Training and Best Practices theme creates a space for trainers working with risk management, digital safety, and holistic human-centered training. From sharing effective tools and teaching practices, to addressing shared challenges and strengthening community support and fostering feedback exchange with tool developers.
The Training and Best Practices Theme topics include:
- Production of Sustainable Knowledge
Practical Digital Security
Customized Practices for Political Context and Infrastructure Realites
Internet Freedom: Present and Future
How should the future of the Internet Freedom space look? How can we get there from here? The Internet Freedom: Present and Future theme provides the community with an opportunity to collectively create a vision and roadmap future opportunities, and tackle some of our overarching issues and concerns.
The Internet Freedom: Present and Future Theme topics include:
- Mapping the Future of Internet Freedom: Challenges and Opportunities
Holistic Community Vision and Collective Roadmap
Empowering and Building Capacity for Local Communities
Attracting New Talent and Developing New Leaders
Equality in the Internet Freedom Space
Healthier Networks and Organizations
The Healthier Networks and Organizations theme provides a space to tackle common problems that prevent entities in the Internet Freedom space from better serving their constituents. In addition, common good projects or FLOSS tools needing help with their strategy can opt to present their project and receive collaborative feedback and recommendations from IFF participants.
The Healthier Networks and Organizations Theme topics include:
- Organizational Security
Diversity and Inclusion
Open Feedback Sessions
How to Run Like a Mature Organization
Psycho Social and Team Building
Organizational Sustainability and Fundraising
Advocacy, Policy and Research
Only through collaboration can we achieve social and political change. The Advocacy, Policy and Research theme addresses how advocacy groups can facilitate civic engagement and collective action for better policies worldwide, and how researchers can take an active part in the conversation.
The Advocacy, Policy and Research Theme topics include:
- Engagement with Corporate and Academic Actors
Collaborating Across Different Fields of Practice
Best Practices for Advocacy, Policy & Research
Avoiding the Echo Chamber in Advocacy
Avoiding the Echo Chamber in Advocacy
Popularizing Research and Advocacy
Anticipating Future Threats and Opportunities
Monitoring Nation State Threats to Internet Freedom
Managing Politics of ‘Internet Freedom’ in Advocacy and Research
Internet Governance and Standards
Algorithmic Treatment of Content and AI Considerations by Social Media Companies
Journalism, Media and Communications
The Journalism, Media and Communications theme creates a space for journalists, media organizations, designers and communications professionals to better assess the risks and threats to their work in an increasingly hostile global environment.
The Journalism, Media and Communications Theme topics include:
- Fake News, Fact-Checking and Website Verification
Digital Media Strategy and Campaign Design
Digital Security for Journalists
How can Journalists Collaborate with Human Rights Defenders
Countering Online Harassment and Smear Campaigns
IFF Venue and Accommodation
5,000 square meters dedicated to creativity, culture and innovation
We have compiled a list of recommended accommodation options for your trip to Valencia. The AC Hotel Valencia by Marriott is our number one choice and they are offering great deals for IFF attendees.