2019 Internet Freedom Festival Program

APRIL 1 – 5





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!

The year’s IFF tees and totebags come with tigers, bats & narwhals! Plus, we have improved the quality significantly with 100% organic cotton and certified responsible manufacturing. Get your awesome swag today!

General news and updates, community stories, upcoming events and new job opportunities, all conveniently summarized and sent to your inbox once a week!

Bring you board games to the #IFF5 and play with other participants at the new Game Corner! 🎲✨ It will be located at the Theater Hall. Feel free to go with your board game and play with other participants during the week. 🎲✨

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February 26, 2019

How psychologists create safer and more inclusive spaces

The newly created IFF Community Wellness Team will be working closely with the Internet Freedom Festival’s direction and participating groups.
BlogIFF Updates
February 26, 2019

Meet your IFF 2019 Facilitators!

We are happy to introduce the 2019 Internet Freedom Festival hosts and facilitators, Sharmin Hossain and Ali Gharavi!
February 7, 2019

The Trade-Offs of A Successful Conference

Community development requires putting the interests of the group above those of the individual, as difficult as it may sometimes be.
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The Internet Freedom Festival is the only organization focused entirely in community development for the Internet Freedom field. We design programs and tools to bring together the eclectic plethora of activist groups, NGOs, governmental agencies, media organizations, large internet platforms, and many others who rely on each other to achieve the common goal of a free and open internet for all.

Our flagship initiative is the Internet Freedom Festival un-conference, one of the leading gatherings in the space, that brought together close to 1,000 attendees from 132 countries in 2018. And, since we believe that diversity is a requisite for Internet Freedom, we have the largest Diversity and Inclusion Program in the field – 53% of our conference speakers were recipients of travel stipends –, and the conference’s sessions are picked by a geographically and professionally diverse fellows program.

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, and thought that’s represented. The IFF is also probably one of the most inclusive and celebratory events in the space, raising up individuals and their various projects/disciplines.

Matt Mitchell

Director of Digital Safety & Privacy at Tactical Tech


The Internet Freedom Festival Themes are selected 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.

Meet the 2019 IFF Fellows

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
  • Digisec Tool

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:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Smart Cities
  • Feminist Internet
  • Industry Developments
  • 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:

  • Training methodologies
  • Rapid Response
  • Organizational Security
  • Emerging Threats
  • Resilience Techniques

Hacking the Net

A space for toolmakers to discuss important issues that affect their ability to build the best and most effective solutions. This theme is spearheaded by Tor and Radically Open Security.

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

Community Resilience

A space to talk about community opportunities and issues, diversity and inclusion, health, and resilience.

Community Resilience Theme topics include:

  • Diversity & Inclusion Trainings
  • Community Collaboration
  • Capacity Building
  • Mental Health & Self Care
  • Burnout Prevention

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
  • Policy Trends
  • Platform Accountability
  • 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







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IFF Venue and Accommodation

5,000 square meters dedicated to creativity, culture and innovation

IFF Venue

Las Naves
Calle de Juan Verdeguer 16,
46024 – Valencia (Spain)

IFF Accommodation

We have compiled a list of recommended accommodation options for your trip to Valencia.

2019 IFF Accommodation List

Don’t forget to check the IFF Wiki! Awesome list of organized social outings and useful tips about our host city of Valencia, and much more included.

Get in touch

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