2017 Oslo Freedom Forum

Oslo, Norway May 22 – May 24, 2017

The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) is a thriving global community of people who share the common vision of making the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place. The ninth annual forum will unite dissidents, activists, artists, journalists, and changemakers in Oslo on May 22-24, 2017.

The Economist describes OFF as the “Davos for human rights,” while the New York Times calls OFF the place where “the world’s dissidents have their say.” WIRED says it’s where “stories are shared, campaigns sharpened and new alliances forged.”

Confirmed speakers for 2017 include a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, a Zimbabwean civil rights activist, a persecuted Ecuadorean political cartoonist, as well as an Iraqi parliamentarian and Yazidi activist. Joining them are defectors from North Korea, whistleblowers from Ghana, CEOs from Silicon Valley, rescue squads from Syria, technologists from Iran, students from Norway, artists from Cuba, and athletes from Pakistan. Click the links under "Attending Speakers" to learn more.

In response to popular demand, we are adding more outdoor programming in the park at Spikersuppa square this year. Beginning Saturday, May 20, we will be screening documentary films featuring members of the Oslo Freedom Forum community. On Sunday, you are invited to join us for lively discussions on a variety of human rights topics. Stop by to watch historic conference content on the big screen, take a meditation class, or check out the FIREWALL interactive exhibit to see firsthand what online censorship looks like to people living under dictatorship.

At this year's Tech Lab, some of the world’s leading tech and cybersecurity companies will show the OFF community how to protect their online privacy, use the blockchain and virtual reality for good, and avoid censorship and surveillance. Participants can drop by to ask questions, participate in mini workshops, and gain new skills. At the Interactive Expo, more than two dozen organizations and companies will be presenting their ideas and looking to start new collaborations to defend democracy.

Talks will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the Oslo Nye Theater and will be broadcast live online at OsloFreedomForum.com starting at 9:30am local time. If you're in Oslo, stop by Spikersuppa to watch the livestream in the park.

To explore past talks, please visit OFF's online library.

Follow us on Twitter at @OsloFF for more updates.