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Weekly Glitter Meetup

Every Thursday at 9am EST we host a weekly town hall for digital rights advocates from around the world, which take place on the IFF Mattermost Square Channel. Email us at team@internetfreedomfestival.org if you need an invite.

Community Knowledge Share Workshop Series

Each week, we bring to you online conversations and gatherings lead by the Internet Freedom community. CKS workshops last 1-2 hours, are interactive, and are designed to help you learn and share knowledge, but also to brainstorm and networks with others! If you want to be a presenter, email team@internetfreedomfestival.org .


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November 2020

Date Time Title What is.. Location / Notes Description Presenter
November 23 - 24 Schedule

The Internet Days

What are the Internet Days Register Internetdagarna (The Internet Days) is a conference where people meet for two days to gain new and in-depth knowledge of the Internet and the impact of digitalization on society.
November 10 10am-12pm EST / 3-5pm UTC

VPN & Policy

What is the VPN Village RSVP Here More and more countries are passing laws that criminalize the usage of VPNs. For this two-hour workshop, we will be bringing together policy experts who can share the various strategies and legal frameworks being used to counter this growing criminalization. Learn more TBA
November 3 10am EST / 3pm UTC

Civilsphere's Emergency VPN: Analyzing Mobile Network Traffic to Detect Digital Threats

What is the VPN Village RSVP Here The access to surveillance tech by governments and other powerful actors has increased in the last decade. Nowadays malicious software is one of the tools to-go when attempting to monitor and surveil victims like journalists, that have very few resources at hand to identify an ongoing infection in their devices. Veronica Valeros will share her work on Emergency VPN, a solution developed as part of the Civispher Project, at the Czech Technical University, that puts power back in the hands of users. Learn more Veronica Valero, Co-founder of the MatesLab Hackerspace

October 2020

Date Time Title What is... Location / Notes Description Presenter
October 15 5:30pm Mexico / 7:30pm Chile

Latin America Meetup

What are Latin American Monthly Meetups How to RSVP We host regularly meetups for the Latin American community (and their allies) to share work and updates; strengthen friendships and collaborations; and tackle the biggest issues facing Latin American together. Learn more Nathaly Espitia
October 14 13:30 Delhi (UTC+5:30) / 16:00 Taipei - Kuala Lumpur (UTC+8)

Asia Meetup

What are Asia Monthly Meetups How to RSVP The monthly meetups bring together folks from the Asia region to share, connect, seek help, and release stress by celebrating each other. In addition, its a time for us to find ways to support each other, and help us understand what is happening in our part of the world. Learn more Lulu
October 8 9am EST / 1pm UTC

Glitter Meetup: Q&A with Tunnel Bear

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square Did you ever want to know what countries use VPNs the most? What is the VPN industry doing to evolve to meet increasing digital right threats? This is also a good time to share some of the issues and challenges folks have been encountering in the field in regards to TunnelBear. Learn more Rodrigue Hajjar, the Director of Engineering at Tunnel Bear
October 1 - 16 Schedule

ONA Everywhere

What is ONA 20 Register The Online News Association will host its 21st annual conference everywhere, all at once, Oct. 1 – 16, 2020. Our global journalism innovation festival will be virtual, offering interactive collaboration with some of the most innovative minds in digital media, including journalists, media executives, product teams, entrepreneurs and educators.

September 2020

Date Time Title Type Location / Notes Description Presenter
September 24 5pm CET / 6pm Cairo / 7pm Lebanon

Libyan Social Media as Conflict Zone

What are MENA Monthly Meetups RSVP Here Join us to hear from Khadeja Ramali who will be talking about the conflict zone in Libyan social media, which has become another weapon in the arsenal of warring groups. Find out how social media platforms are being used to spread disinformation, hate speech, and normalize violence. Learn more Hosted by Rima and Wafaa. Speaker: Khadeja Ramali
September 22 TBA

Industry Standards Collaborative Conversation

what is the VPN Village Private: Contact us This private workshop is a beta test to bring together a handful of community leaders working on VPN issues. This collaborative discussion on industry standards, will begin with the mapping of issues activists and journalists will face in coming years. Learn more
September 17 9am EST / 1pm UTC

VPN Glitter Meetup

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square The goal of this meetup is to provide the community with a place to map out challenges and brainstorm on possible next steps that we can do collectively as a community. To enhance this, we will invite a few key VPN researchers to participate and provide guidance. Learn more IFF Team
September 17 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Africa Meetup

What are Africa Monthly Meetups How to RSVP The monthly meetups bring together folks from the African region to share, connect, seek help, and release stress by celebrating each other. In addition, its a time for us to find ways to support each other, and help us understand what is happening in our part of the world. Learn more Tawanda
September 15 3pm Tunis / 4pm Cairo - Berlin/ 5pm Beirut (2pm UTC)

MENA Meetup

What are MENA Monthly Meetups How to RSVP The monthly meetups bring together folks from the MENA region to share, connect, seek help, and release stress by celebrating each other. In addition, it's a time for us to find ways to support each other, and help us understand what is happening in our part of the world. Learn more Rima and Wafa
September 10 13:30 Delhi / 16:00 Taipei-Kuala Lumpur (8:00 UTC)

Asia Meetup

What are Asia Monthly Meetups Read Notes Here The monthly meetups bring together folks from the Asia region to share, connect, seek help, and release stress by celebrating each other. In addition, its a time for us to find ways to support each other, and help us understand what is happening in our part of the world. Learn more Lulu
September 10 9am EST / 1pm UTC

Glitter Meetup: Greatfire's AppMaker

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here AppMaker is based on GreatFire's past successful work with collateral freedom, which was initially funded by OTF. The project allows anybody to create their own Android app with built in anti-censorship technology. Learn More Greatfire Developers
September 8 12pm EST / 4pm UTC

How to VPN

What is the VPN Village Notes Coming Soon This introductory workshop is designed for folks that want to understand what a VPN is, how it works, and how it differs from other tools like Tor. Participants will learn what a VPN does and does not do, best use cases, and how to pick a VPN provider that is both trustworthy and serves your needs. Learn more Elijiah Waxwing, Senior Technologist at Calyx
September 3 3pm EST / 7pm UTC

Latin American Meetup

What are Latin American Monthly Meetups Read Notes Here We host regularly meetups for the Latin American community (and their allies) to share work and updates; strengthen friendships and collaborations; and tackle the biggest issues facing Latin American together. Learn more Nathaly
September 3 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community. IFF Team

August 2020

Date Time Title What is... Location / Notes Description Presenter
August 27 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community. IFF Team
August 20 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / No Notes Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community. IFF Team
August 19 1pm EST / 5pm UTC+0

Identity 2.0: Exploring Digital Identities Through Art

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Artists and techies aren't worlds apart. Both are trying to shape the future using the tools they have to hand. Creators of Identity 2.0, an art project which empowers people to explore their digital identity, will be joining us to share their story of how they started, what they've discovered and their artistic process. Learn more Arda Awais and Savena Surana
August 18 6:30pm EST / 10:30pm UTC+0

Latin American Meetup

What are Latin American Monthly Meetups Read Notes Here We host regularly meetups for the Latin American community (and their allies) to share work and updates; strengthen friendships and collaborations; and tackle the biggest issues facing Latin American together. Learn more Nathaly
August 13 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: What is Hong Kong National Security Law: why we should concern about it

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here How can the Hong Kong National Security Law affect civil society in Hong Kong? How can Hong Kong National Security Law affect everyone globally especially activists around the world? We will answer these questions and we will discuss how should the international community support friends and civil society in Hong Kong, smartly. Learn more Lulu and Kaia, Open Culture Foundation
August 6 11am EST / 3pm UTC+0

Coffee Talk with Danielle Blunt

What are Coffee Talks Completed. Audio soon. Join us as we talk to Blunt, a NYC-based Dominatrix, about her work fighting for sex workers rights and anti-traffiking advocacy and her experience co-founding the sex workers and allies collective Hacking//Hustling, which works at the intersection of technology and social justice in response to SESTA-FOSTA. Learn more Danielle Blunt
August 6 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: CDR Link

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community.

During this GM we will be discussing CDR Link, is a privacy and security-focused helpdesk that allows individuals to offer their community a secure, multi-channel, mobile-first way to ask for digital security help using everyday messaging apps, like Signal, Whatsapp, and Telegram Learn more

Fabiola and Josh, The Guardian Project

July 2020 / Notes

Date Time Title What is... Location / Notes Description Presenter
July 30 9:00am EST / 1:00pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: Self-care

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community
July 29 12pm EST / 4pm UTC+0

The Intergenerational Ruptures and Bridges in Feminism

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Explore with Laura Vidal the intergenerational ruptures and bridges between feminism in this interactive workshop, and find those blind spots on tech that are waiting to be tackled. Learn more. Laura Vidal
July 23 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Glitter meetups: Community Updates

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / No Notes Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community
July 16 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: Corporate Social Media as Recordkeepers

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here We talk about how corporate social media platforms becoming the recordkeepers of activist history while there is still a total lack of transparency regarding their content moderation policies. Isabella will walk us through the pathways to reach out to communities, the data sources for feminist archives in social media and the challenges of collecting this content in Latin America/the world. Isabella
July 15 3pm EST / 7pm UTC+0

Decentralized Web: Research Findings

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here The Decentralized Web or DWeb is a decentralized or distributed web that is not controlled by a single entity or being logically decentralized. Projects considered dweb are Tor Project or BitTorrent. Anna Lekanova, from the Fluence Project, will share the findings of the survey she conducted with more than 650 Decentralized Web Developers to find out their needs, the current challenges and their role inside the internet environment. Read More Anna Lekanova, Fluence Project
July 14 3pm EST / 7pm UTC+0

Procesos en Capacitaciones en Seguridad Integral y Digital

What are CKS Workshops Leer Notas Aqui Hay distintos procesos para conseguir buenas capacitaciones en seguridad integral y digital. Tierra en Común diseña e implementa estrategias de seguridad para organizaciones defensoras de derechos humanos y periodistas. Desde esta cooperativa, Fernando compartirá sus experiencias y reflexiones tras años de capacitaciones en seguridad digital. Lea más Fernando Hernandez, Tierra en Común
July 9 9am EST / 1pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: Community Updates

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community

June 2020 / Notes

Date Time Title What is... Location / Notes Description Presenter
June 25 9:00am EST / 1:00pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: What’s Going on at OTF

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community
June 18 9:00am EST / 1:00pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: Onion Browser

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community Benjamin & Fabiola, the Guardian Project
June 16 9:00am EST / 1:00pm UTC+0

How to Better Prepare for the Next Internet Shutdown

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Since June 2019, Hong Kong has had over 1,000 protests, and more than 8,900 people have been arrested. Protest started because Beijing wanted extradition to mainland China, which undermined judicial independence and endangered dissidents. Read More Dr. Lokman Tsui, researcher and activist
June 11 2:00pm EST / 6:00pm UTC

Coffee Talk with Michelle Ferrier

What are Coffee Talks Completed. Audio soon. Michelle has worked relentlessly to ensure that black and brown voices are not only heard, but that they have the tools, skills, and support they need to speak loudly and proudly. She has worked to push for more diverse newsrooms and media, and has served as beacon of support for so many young communicators. Michelle Ferrier, co-founder of TrollBusters
June 11 9:00am EST / 1:00pm UTC+0

Org Sec Village

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community
June 10 4:30pm - 5:30pm UTC+8 (Manila)

Digital Rights in Southeast Asia

What are CKS Workshops Completed. Notes soon. An open discussion with activists and researchers in Southeast Asia to gain a better insight into the state of digital rights within the region, cross-country trends and issues, and how movements are pushing back. Nica Dumlao, Jun-E Tan, Don Le, Lee Yi Ting, Lisa Garcia and more
June 8-12 Schedule

IFF OrgSec Village hosted by Internews

What is the OrgSec Village Read Notes Here This event will bring together security auditors, digital security trainers, and other experts and practitioners for a five-day program of over 20 community-led sessions exploring five major themes in organizational security.
June 5 9:00am EST / 1:00pm UTC

So You Want to be a Digital Security Trainer

What are CKS Workshops Completed. Notes soon. You discovered digital security, and now you want to become a trainer so you can teach folks in your community how to stay safe. However, you may be confused as to what path to follow, where to look for information, and overall how to form yourself as a trainer. It may feel overwhelming and confusing. Don’t worry, it's not you! Oma, Holistic Security Consultant
June 4 2:00pm EST / 6:00pm UTC

Coffee Talk with Jorge Luis Sierra

What are CKS Coffee Talks Completed. Audio soon. Jorge Luis Sierra embodies all the characteristics of a good investigative journalist who fights relentlessly to protect the most vulnerable. He is the co-founder and CEO of the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers. Jorge Luis Sierra, Investigative Journalist and Digital Security Trainer
June 4 9:00am EST / 1:00pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: Tiananmen Protest Anniversary

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community

May 2020 / Notes

Date Time Title What is... Location / Notes Description Presenter
May 29 10:00am EST / 02:00pm UTC+0

IFF House Party

Community Check-in IFF Square The IFF House Party is a great way to celebrate the week with the community! Join us and dance with different digital right defenders throughout the world. We will provide the link 15 minutes before in the IFF Square on Mattermost.
May 28 12:00pm EST / 04:00pm UTC+0

Disinformation Strategies and Tactics

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Across the world more and more communities are being manipulated by fake news and misinformation. However, most people don't really understand how this is implemented. Join us and find out what common tactics and strategies are used. Read More Gabrielle Lim, Researcher at Harvard's Shorenstein Center
May 28 09:00am EST / 01:00pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: Trolls and Bullying on the Internet

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community
May 26 11:30am EST / 03:30pm UTC+0

Coffee Talk with Sarah Aoun

What are CKS Coffee Talks Completed. Audio soon. Sarah is a data activist, an operational security trainer, and human rights technologist. These skills made her a perfect fit for the Open Tech Fund, where as Chief Technologist, she provides support to countless projects fighting censorship and surveillance. Sarah Aoun from Open Tech Fund
May 21 09:00am EST / 01:00pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: Cancelled

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / No notes Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community
May 14 10:00am EST / 02:00pm UTC+0

How to Better Prepare for the Next Internet Shutdown

What are CKS Workshops Completed. Notes soon. Internet shutdowns have become more common place as authoritarian governments use it as a viable option to silence their citizens. Join Ahmad from NetFreedom Pioneers to find out about different ways to respond to internet shutdowns, tech and alternative solutions and more. Ahmad Ahmadian from Net Freedom Pioneers
May 14 09:00am EST / 01:00pm UTC+0

Glitter Meetup: Women on Web website censored in Spain

What are Glitter_Meetup IFF Square / Read Notes Here Featured guest will be Vasilis talking about his research into the blocking of a woman's website in Spain. Report here: https://blog.magma.lavafeld.org/post/women-on-web-blocking/ Glitter Meet is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community. Magma
May 12 10:00am EST / 02:00pm UTC+0

Without a Lockdown: Digital Tools Used in Taiwan for Coronavirus Prevention & Monitoring

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Taiwan does not have lock-down, and all businesses and schools remain open, while still having a very low number of COVID-19 cases - 429 cases since January. Join us and find out what methods and approaches they have taken to be a stellar example of innovation and safety. Lulu Keng, OCF
May 7 03:00pm EST / 07:00pm UTC+0

Coffee Talk with Nash Sheard

What are CKS Coffee Talks Completed. Audio Soon. We first encountered Nash because he is currently leading the EFF's grassroots, student and community organizing efforts. However, after getting to know this native New Yorker, we were inspired by his long history of helping activists mitigate harmful interactions with the state. Nash Sheard from EFF
May 7 09:00am EST / 01:00pm UTC+0

OTF Prototype Fund

What are Glitter Meetups IFF Square / Read Notes Here We will talk with Tara, Program Manager from Open Tech Fund to talk about the Community Prototype Fund, that is designed to empower the community of activists, technologists and frontline human rights defenders by providing seed funding for the initial development of ground-breaking technologies and applied research. Tara Tarakiyee
May 5 03:00pm EST / 07:00pm UTC+0

América Latina: la tecnología en tiempos de COVID-19

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Con la llegada del COVID-19 a América Latina, muchos países del continente han visto sus libertades y derechos digitales más vulnerables que nunca. Desde aplicaciones móviles que siguen la geolocalización de los ciudadanos hasta interrupciones del servicio de red, doxxing y ciberpatrullaje en redes; la comunidad se enfrenta a nuevos retros para poder capacitar y continuar apoyando a los diferentes grupos con los que trabaja.Read More Vivian Zúñiga, Cristian León


April 2020 / Notes

Date Time Title What is... Location / Notes Description Presenter
April 30 11:00am EST / 3:00pm UTC+0

How Activists Organize Self Care and Collective Care?

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Join Dhyta to discuss how activists see and do care, and brainstorm alternative methods that are rooted in what we value, and is accessible to all..Learn More Dhyta Caturani,(feminist activist working on issues related to human rights, social justice, civil liberties, sexuality, women’s rights, and violence against women)
April 30 9:00am EST / 1:00pm UTC +0

Glitter Meetup: OONI

What are Glitter_Meetup IFF Square / Read Notes Here We talk with Maria and Arturo, from OONI and discover the new features and possibilities of OONI Probe. The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) is a free software project that aims to empower decentralized efforts in increasing transparency of Internet censorship around the world. Maria Xynou and Arturo Filastò
April 28 10:00am EST / 2:00pm UTC+0

Fireplace Chat with Funders in the Internet Freedom Space

What are CKS Workshops IFF Square / Read Notes Here Hear from funders in the Internet Freedom space on how they are supporting projects and organizations to better handle the changes and challenges caused by COVID-19, as well as the trends they are seeing that will impact the community in the future.Learn More Ciprian Ianculovici (US Statement Department DRL), Brenda Salas (Astraea Foundation), Michael Brennan (Ford Foundation), Nat Kretchun (Open Technology Fund)
April 23 11:00am EST / 3:00pm UTC+0

Growing Privacy Concerns During COVID-19

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here During these unprecedented times, across the globe governments are responding to COVID-19 in ways that pose a real risk to privacy, and may leave a lasting legacy. This includes everything from an increase in military or police powers, to policies criminalizing the publication of misinformation, to tracking citizens via apps. Already this has led to digital rights and human rights violations. Learn More Alison Carmel Ramer, 7amleh and Maria Paz Canales, Derechos Digitales
April 22 11:00am EST / 3:00pm UTC+0

The Story of Diversity, Security & Love in Southern Africa

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Digital Society of Zimbabwe, now Digital Society of Africa, was one of the first collective of digital security trainers in the Internet Freedom space. It was established in 2015 because of the need they saw from at-risk groups. Learn More Natasha Msonza, Tawanda Mugari, Both from Digital Society of Africa.
April 10 11:00am EST / 3:00pm UTC+0

Magick of Glitter & Tales of Building Community

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Glitter is very much like a community, made up of unique pieces all that have their unique shapes and colors, and when combine emit a radiance and beauty so strong that it can soften even the hardest of hearts. How did the IF community, which is so diverse and located in all parts of the world come together and build solidarity despite having to overcome challenges of distance, timezones, low bandwidth, lack of resources and more. Sandra Ordonez
April 8 11:00am EST / 3:00pm UTC+0

Silencing Across Borders: Digital Threats and Transnational Repression against Exiled Activists

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Digital technologies have enabled authoritarian regimes to monitor and repress dissidents outside their territory. Marcus Michaelsen researches investigating the digital threats against exiled and diaspora activists from Syria, Egypt and Iran face. Read more... Marcus Michaelsen
April 2 11:00am EST / 3:00pm UTC+0

Constructing Feminist Tech through Fiction

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Imagination can function as a powerful feminist and collective tool for social change. Come write, draw, or record the future of tech free from patriarchy, capitalism and colonialism. Read more... Dalia Othman, Helene von Schwichow, and Katrin Fritsch
April 2 9:00am EST / UTC-4

Glitter Meetup: Contact Tracing Apps

What are Glitter_Meetup IFF Square / Read Notes Here We discuss the epidemiological, technical and societal implications to contact testing during COVID-19. Sean McDonald, CEO of FrontlineSMS


March 2020 / Notes

Date Time Title What is... Location / Notes Description Presenter
March 31 10:30am EST / 2:30pm UTC+0

Captivating Your Remote Teams and Meetings

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here We’ll share tips and tricks about designing and facilitating online meetings, when to use which online tools, and shifting mindsets to adapt to an increasingly remote work. Lead by IFF's Head of Safety & Technology Read more... IFF Team
March 26 11:30am EST/UTC-4

Taking the High Route - the Internet routing architecture and human rights

What are CKS Workshops Read Notes Here Niels discusses the interrelation between Internet routing and human rights, showcase how Internet routing is changing with the introduction of 5G, and how this is affecting human rights. Read the notes. Neils ten Oever
March 26 9:00am EST/UTC-4

Glitter Meetup: Virtual Community Building Tips

What are Glitter_Meetup IFF Square / Read Notes Here The IFF team will share what they have learned throughout the years on how to build healthy, resilient communities, especially when you a relying on virtual communications to make it happen. Others are encouraged to share their tips and lessons learned as well. IFF Team
March 19 9:00am EST/UTC-4

Glitter Meetup: Discrimination, Disinfo & COVID-19

What are Glitter_Meetup IFF Square / Read Notes Here Our friends in Taiwan will be joining us for our weekly Glitter Meetup to discuss: growing hate speech and discrimination on Asian population; Research on the disinfo attacks Taiwan has experienced in relation to COVID-19; China's censorship of COVID-19 to-date; and rising privacy violation concerns. Diverse Taiwanese community members