Internet Freedom Festival – Valencia, March 6-10, 2017

The Internet Freedom Festival will be held in Valencia, Spain, 6-10 March 2017.

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

The Internet Freedom Festival’s program is curated by the IFF Fellows, an outstanding and diverse cohort of 28 professionals & community leaders. Coming from 19 different regions, they will work together to review and select sessions across the entire IFF Program, to ensure that diverse viewpoints and voices are well represented.

internet-freedom-festival-valencia-logo-180-sThe 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. Submit the session you wish to host on the IFF website. The deadline for submitting a session is 28 November 2016Read the full call for presenters on the festival’s site.

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 themes are the following:

01. The Community 

  • 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

  • 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 

  • Current state and overarching issues of the Internet Freedom space
  • Upcoming opportunities and threats
  • Urgent issues that require immediate attention
  • Reflections from the academia and latest on research results and findings
  • The role of technology in modern societies

04. Tools & Technology 

  • 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 

  • 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

  • Regional case studies
  • Collaboration between different groups in different regions
  • Issue Mapping
  • Specific challenges for groups (e.g.: LGBTI)
  • User Types

07. Communications & Design

  • 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

  • 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

For all information visit the Festival’s website 

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