April 1 – 5, 2019
5 Years Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance
The Global Unconference of the Internet Freedom Communities
Diversity is a collective effort. Your support is crucial right now.
Since 2017, the IFF’s Diversity and Inclusion Fund has supported more than 150 presenters from underrepresented groups in the Internet Freedom field. This year alone, 274 potential presenters have asked to receive a travel stipend in order to attend the 2019 IFF.
Despite our efforts, this substantial growth in the demand requires more funding than we currently have.
Please consider making a donation to support presenters form underrepresented groups advancing Internet Freedom worldwide.
5th IFF Anniversary Updates
The 2019 Internet Freedom Festival marks an important point in the project, since we will be celebrating our 5th anniversary. We believe that anniversaries are great occasions for celebration, but also for reflection. Check out the lastest updates!
IFF Weekly Newsletter
General news and updates, community stories, upcoming events and new job opportunities, all conveniently summarized and sent to your inbox once a week!
“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.”
“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.”
“The Internet Freedom Festival, is unlike any other conference focusing on the fight against censorship and surveillance due to its spotlight on diversity of ethnicity, region, gender, & thought that’s represented. IFF is also probably one of the most inclusive and celebratory events in the space, raising up the individuals and their various projects/disciplines.”
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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.
DRF and NetBlocks find blanket and nation-wide ban on social media
in Pakistan and demand it to be lifted immediately
From Digital Rights Defenders: The NetBlocks internet shutdown observatory project in coordination with the Digital Rights Foundation has collected evidence of nation-wide internet disruptions throughout Pakistan.
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.
*Data from the 2018 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
The 2019 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 picked every year, based on the feedback received from our community. They serve as the backbone of our programming and help instigate the most important conversations needed to advance Internet Freedom locally and globally. Like a Venn diagram, they overlap and create new and unexpected outcomes. Ultimately, themes, help the community leave the IFF more prepared to tackle upcoming challenges, and grounded in a common vision for the following year.
The Internet Freedom Festival’s program is curated by the IFF Fellows, an outstanding and diverse cohortof 13 professionals and community leaders, working together to ensure that diverse viewpoints and voices are well represented.
On the Frontlines
A space for frontline activists to share stories, skills and knowledge with allies and other frontline defenders.
The On the Frontline Theme topics include:
Regional Case Studies
Digital Attacks Mitigation
Internet Monitoring Tools
The Next Net
A space to capture the collective vision on the future of Internet Freedom, and how to address overarching issues and upcoming threats that could prevent us from getting there.
The Next Net Theme topics include:
Community Roadmap & Future Opportunities
Training and Best Practices
A space for the trainer community to showcase methodologies, exchange resources, and address shared challenges.
The Training and Best Practices Theme topics include:
Hacking the Net Theme topics include:
Technological Threats to Encryption
Trends in Digital Attacks
Solutions to State-Sponsored Censorship
Case Studies in Real-World Deployment
Tool Usability: UX/UI
Co-Design / Community-Led Tool Design
A space to talk about community opportunities and issues, diversity and inclusion, health, and resilience.
Community Resilience Theme topics include:
Diversity & Inclusion Trainings
Mental Health & Self Care
Policy, Privacy and Advocacy
A space for civic engagement and collective action for better policies worldwide, and to explore how researchers can take an active part in the conversation.
Policy, Privacy and Advocacy Theme topics include:
Nation State Threats to Internet Freedom
Treaties & Strategies Among Nation States
Collective Actions for 2019
Journalism and Media
A space to address the increasing challenges for journalists and media organizations in the Internet Freedom field.
The Journalism and Media Theme topics include:
Fake News, Hate Speech and Misinformation
Digital Security for Journos
Countering Online Harassment
Media Production and Distribution in Repressive Environments
A Community Organized Gathering
The Internet Freedom Festival is the result of a shared effort by many different organizations and individuals from the Internet Freedom communities
2019 Internet Freedom Festival Partners
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Fund Donors
2019 Internet Freedom Festival Friends