Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance

6 – 10 March, 2017
Valencia, Spain

The Internet Freedom Festival gathers the community keeping the Internet open and uncensored for a week of multidisciplinary collaboration

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Digital Security Trainers

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Digital Rights Activists

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Journalists and Media

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“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.”

Rebbeca Jeschke, Media Relations Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation


“So many projects from the Tor ecosystem benefited from that conference that is impossible to say it in just a few paragraphs. The IFF week was very significant as most of us rarely meet face to face, to some was their first time meeting the community.”

Isabela Bagueros, PM at Tor Project

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“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.”

– Ali Bangi, Co-Director at ASL19

Unconference, not conference

The IFF is not a regular conference. Essentially, it is designed to help groups achieve their goals. Our only agenda is to ensure you have the space and tools to fulfill your mission. Oh, and attendance is free and open to the public. Register today to attend!

The Power of Collaboration

The IFF cross-pollinates information and knowledge with the goal of improving the services, strategies, and tools offered to the most vulnerable individuals on the front lines. Promote hands-on collaboration and synergies between those working on anti-surveillance and anti-censorship initiatives.

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Made by you

We don’t select speakers. IFF is created by the community for the community, so we invite you to submit session proposals through our open 2017 Call for Proposals, which will be open soon. We encourage conversations and workshops rather than sessions that just highlight personal work. Harness the power of the community!

A unique gathering

The IFF offers a great chance to meet all the different actors under the same roof, cultivating synergies and collaboration between organizations across differing disciplines that normally don’t get to interact: leading technology developers, journalists, on-the-ground activists, multilateral organizations, nonprofits, media organizations and many others.

Flexible Formats

Content is divided in eight different Themes, curated by the IFF Fellows. The Themes feature hackathons, workshops, security trainings, panel discussion and social events. We have a flexible model so we can find a way to incorporate what you envision.

Self-organized networking events

Would you like to further discuss last session’s topic? Are you looking for others interested in the hyperlocal brewery scene? Is a unicorn drawing workshop the kind of session you would like to host? We encourage you to organize spontaneous networking events at the IFF!

Seize the Unique oportunities of the Internet Freedom Festival

Participate in the largest and most diverse unconference in the Internet Freedom Community

Understand the censorship, surveillance and access obstacles and challenges in different regions of the world

Connect with diverse and underrepresented groups in person

Work hands-on with organizations across differing disciplines that normally don’t get to interact

Improve the services, strategies, and tools offered to the most vulnerable individuals on the front lines

Raise awareness and introduce your project and/or organization to the larger Internet Freedom Community

Expand and strengthen your network

Improve your mapping of the Internet Freedom Community

Discover new projects and trends, and get updated on the latest challenges and opportunities

Participate in open format sessions and design your own

Ask for feedback and start a collaboration between projects

Participate in the conversation about the future of the Internet Freedom space

The 2016 Internet Freedom Festival in Numbers


 

700
Attendees
74
Countries
200
Sessions
42
Women + GF
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The Internet Freedom Festival creates a common space where diverse communities working against and affected by censorship and surveillance can come together to teach, plan and act.

The international community of circumvention tech users and developers must come together and collaborate.

Instead of meeting at isolated points to serve one defined population, we need all the various groups touched by surveillance to engage in conversation. Worldwide interest in protecting vulnerable populations from digital attacks continues to increase as the threat against those populations grows in strength and sophistication.

Take part in the global conversation

Stay up to date with the latest updates about the IFF and get involved in the community.

The Internet Freedom Festival Themes

The IFF is organized around eight themes, focusing on the needs identified by the community.

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 Community
  • Training & Best Practices
  • Internet Freedom: Present and Future
  • Tools & Technology
  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Regions & Groups
  • Communication & Design
  • Journalism & Media

01. The Community

The Community Theme is an open invitation to collectively reflect on the the state of the Internet Freedom community.

The Community Theme addresses issues found in the Internet Freedom community that affect the ability to collaborate and synergize efforts, as well as sharing strategies for diversifying voices in the current conversations, promoting inclusion and cultivating an atmosphere of trust against discrimination and harassment.

The Community Theme topics will include:

  • Improving balance of gender, diversity, and inclusion

  • Creating more sustainability in the Internet Freedom ecosystem


  • Strategies and best practices for community management


  • Cultivating positive atmospheres to prevent intolerance and harassment


  • Enabling the sharing of common goals, weaknesses, threats and opportunities

02. Training & Best Practices

The Training & Best Practices Theme focuses on trainers working with risk management, digital safety, and holistic human-centered training. It provides opportunities to share effective tools and teaching practices, to address shared challenges, to strengthen community support and networks, and to foster feedback exchange with tool developers.

The Training & Best Practices Theme topics will include:

  • Threat modeling and risk analysis

  • Training content, resources, and methodologies across digital, physical, and psychosocial platforms


  • Digital security curricula building


  • Organizational security


  • Pedagogy strategies and alternative training approaches


  • User behavior and case studies


  • Capacity-building: training vs/and other types of interventions

03. 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 is dedicated to explore the current state of the Internet Freedom space, its overarching issues, the latest research findings, and the upcoming threats and opportunities.

The Internet Freedom: Present and Future Theme topics will include:

  • Current state and overarching issues of the Internet Freedom space

  • Upcoming opportunities and threats


  • Urgent issues that require immediate attention


  • Research results and findings

04. Tools & Technology

The Tools & Technology Theme creates a space for the technologists that are driving the next generation of security and privacy tools to share knowledge and concerns, as well as to work collectively on core infrastructure and known obstacles. It will feature workshops, sessions and hackathons to improve the quality of existing tools and support the development of innovative solutions to technical and real-world problems.

The Tools & Technology Theme topics will include:

  • New tools and latest developments in circumvention technologies

  • Tool monitoring: i.e. how do we ensure what we are using and propagating are still good?


  • Tool contextualization and transferability


  • Hardware Security

05. Policy & Advocacy

Only through collaboration can we achieve social and political change. The Policy & Advocacy Theme addresses how advocacy groups can facilitate civic engagement and collective action within the Internet Freedom space that will result in better policies worldwide.

The Policy & Advocacy Theme topics will include:

  • How we talk about our work (to donors, governments, each other)

  • How to influence donor priorities, i.e. help ensure the funding is where the real need is


  • How to help our partners build advocacy capacity

06. Regions & Groups

The Regions & Groups Theme is a space for the diverse groups and regions around the world within the Internet Freedom Community.

Fostering diversity and inclusion, this Theme will address those issues that make participation in the Internet Freedom space difficult for underrepresented groups. It will allow these groups to not only take part in important conversations at the IFF but, most importantly, design programs and agendas that provide space for these groups to collectively address the inequality and regional issues that have gone unaddressed by the community.

The Regions & Groups Theme topics will include:

  • Regional case studies

  • Collaboration between different groups in different regions


  • Issue Mapping


  • Specific challenges for groups (e.g.: LGBTI)


  • User Types

07. Communications & Design

The Communications and Design Theme provides a space where individuals can discuss how to improve public relations strategies, community cultivation, campaign design, digital strategy, and overall outreach.

This Theme will also connect designers, users, and developers to keep the tools secure and usable. This conjunction will lead to activities such as UX/UI brainstorms for new and improved tools, usability workshops for developers, and opportunities for users to share their highly valuable experience and recommendations.

The Communications & Design Theme topics will include:

  • Design and implementation of communication plans and digital strategies

  • Marketing and public relations best practices


  • Design thinking, product design, and usability for Internet Freedom projects

08. Journalism & Media

The Journalism & Media Theme supports and fosters sessions, workshops, and awareness raising events that allow freelancers, journalists, and media organizations to better assess risks and threats to their work in the twenty-first century.

The Journalism & Media Theme topics will include:

  • Organizational culture: Engaging entire newsrooms or organizations on DigiSec, not just specialized journalists

  • Risk evaluation depending on a journalist’s areas of coverage


  • Training at the newsroom


  • Beyond a newsroom: Extending our DigiSec culture to sources


  • Regional diversity: How challenges are different depending on regions and political climates


  • ‘Media literacy’ as both a threat and opportunity

The Internet Freedom Festival is made by you.

The Internet Freedom Festival program is entirely generated with the sessions submitted worldwide. The Call for Proposals is now open and you too can be part of the 2017 IFF.

A Community Organized Event

The Internet Freedom Festival is the result of a shared effort by many different organizations and individuals from the Internet Freedom community.

Hosts

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2016 Partners

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2016 Friends

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Your organization can be part of the Internet Freedom Festival too

Becoming a Partner or Friend organization of the Internet Freedom Festival is easy and your contribution can have a a great impact on the entire Internet Freedom community.

IFF Venue: Las Naves

5,000 square meters dedicated to creativity, culture and innovation, offering the best environment possible for the IFF.

IFF Venue Address
Calle de Juan Verdeguer 16,
46024 – Valencia (Spain)
www.lasnaves.com

IFF Accommodation
Check the document with the recommended accommodation options for your trip to Valencia.

Get in touch

team [ at ] internetfreedomfestival [ dot ] org