2017 Oslo Freedom Forum

Defending Democracy Oslo, Norway May 22 – May 24, 2017

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  • Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • 9:30 CET

    FIREWALL Exhibit – Spikersuppa Square

    Learn firsthand about online censorship in dictatorships. This interactive pop-up internet cafe lets you experience how the Great Firewall operates in China. The exhibit will be open all day.

  • 13:00 CET

    Film screening and Q&A session: “Nothing is Forgiven” – Spikersuppa Square

    Follow OFF 2015 speaker Zineb El Rhazoui from her time as an Arab Spring activist in Morocco through the deadly attack on her office at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Film producers Guillaume Vandenberghe and Vincent Coen will be present for a Q&A session following the screening.

  • 15:00 CET

    Film screening: “Sound of Torture” – Spikersuppa Square

    Learn about OFF 2013 speaker Meron Estefanos and her work investigating the kidnapping of Eritrean refugees by militant groups in the Sinai peninsula.

  • 16:30 CET

    Film screening and Q&A session: “Musica o Muerte!: The Future of Cuba in Punk” – Spikersuppa Square

    Learn about the role punk music has played in the fight for freedom in Cuba. Filmmaker Hana Jakrlova will give a short presentation and Q&A session following the screening.

  • Sunday, May 21, 2017

  • 9:30 CET

    FIREWALL Exhibit – Spikersuppa Square

    Learn firsthand about online censorship in dictatorships. This interactive pop-up internet cafe lets you experience how the Great Firewall operates in China. The exhibit will be open all day.

  • 13:00 CET

    Guided meditation: The Consciousness of Human Connection – Spikersuppa Square

    Explore the layer of consciousness in which all people are connected through this guided meditation experience. Using a simple meditation technique, you can learn how to cultivate feelings of compassion that lead to making the world a better place.

  • 15:00 CET

    Panel: Democracy and Illiberalism – Spikersuppa Square

    This interactive conversation, led by Civita fellow and OFF 2014 speaker Iyad el-Baghdadi, examines trends that have led to illiberal populism in both global and regional contexts.

  • 17:00 CET

    Panel: Free Speech Unlimited – Spikersuppa Square

    This discussion features activists from around the world who are fighting for democracy and freedom of expression inside authoritarian countries.

  • 18:30 CET

    Panel: The Global LGBT Community: Challenges and Hopes – Spikersuppa Square

    This interactive conversation examines the unique challenges faced by the LGBT community around the world and offers concrete ideas for those who want to achieve proactive solidarity.

  • Monday, May 22, 2017

  • 9:30 CET

    FIREWALL Exhibit – Spikersuppa Square

    Learn firsthand about online censorship in dictatorships. This interactive pop-up internet cafe lets you experience how the Great Firewall operates in China. The exhibit will be open all day.

  • 10:00 CET

    Press Conference – Hotel Continental

  • 11:30 CET

    Tech Lab – Hotel Continental

    Opening remarks: 

    Geir Lippestad, City of Oslo
    Sidsela Nyebak, Telenor

    Featuring: The Bitfury Group, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Institut français, pEp foundation, Sourcefabric, Twitter, VirtualRoad.org, Yubico

  • 12:30 CET

    Interactive Expo – Hotel Continental

    Featuring: Accountability Lab, Avast, Benetech, College Freedom Forum / Oslo Scholars, DEAR LEADER, Disrupt North Korea, EnlightAID, Fashion4Freedom, Forum280, Free Speech Unlimited, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Index on Censorship, Knomo, Newsweek, Nordic Impact, Nuba Reports, Outernet, Quora, Remake, Students for Liberty, Techfugees, TechSoup, VisitOSLO, Yahoo for Good, Your Human Rights

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • 9:30 CET

    FIREWALL Exhibit – Spikersuppa Square

    Learn firsthand about online censorship in dictatorships. This interactive pop-up internet cafe lets you experience how the Great Firewall operates in China. The exhibit will be open all day.

  • 9:30 CET

    Opening Remarks – Oslo Nye Theater

    Thor Halvorssen
    Founder, Oslo Freedom Forum

    Erna Solberg
    Prime Minister of Norway

  • 9:30 CET

    Session 1 – Oslo Nye Theater

    Wai Wai Nu - My Struggle for Burma's Future

    Raed Al Saleh - The White Helmets

    Anas Aremeyaw Anas - Name, Shame, and Jail

  • 11:30 CET

    Session 2 – Oslo Nye Theater

    Introduction: Michel Forst

    Anne Applebaum - Saving Democracy from Disinformation

    Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury - Who is Killing Bangladesh's Bloggers?

    Leyla Hussein - The Cruel Cut

    Xavier Bonilla - Caricatura Subversiva

  • 12:30 CET

    Film screening and Q&A with Maria Toorpakai: “Girl Unbound” – Spikersuppa Square

    OFF 2017 speaker Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban by disguising herself as a boy so she can play sports. Soon her true identity is revealed and she and her family start receiving death threats. Learn what happens and meet Maria during a Q&A session after the screening. 

  • 14:00 CET

    Performance – Oslo Nye Theater

    Standup by Chris Turner

  • Session 3 – Oslo Nye Theater

    Introduction: Marietje Schaake

    Mohamed Nasheed - After the Coup in the Maldives

    Grace Jo - My Journey from North Korea to America

    Vian Dakhil - One Yazidi Against ISIS

    Grace Gao - A China More Just

  • 15:30 CET

    Session 4 – Oslo Nye Theater

    Introduction: Jon Von Tetzchner

    Joe Lonsdale - Tech Against Corruption

    Antonietta Ledezma - #SOSVenezuela

    Memory Banda - Outlawing Child Marriage

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • 9:30 CET

    FIREWALL Exhibit – Spikersuppa Square

    Learn firsthand about online censorship in dictatorships. This interactive pop-up internet cafe lets you experience how the Great Firewall operates in China. The exhibit will be open all day.

  • 10:00 CET

    2017 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent Ceremony – Oslo Nye Theater

    Performance: Carah Faye

    Introduction: Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation

  • 10:30 CET

    Session 5 – Oslo Nye Theater

    Introduction: Kimberley Motley

    Maria Toorpakai Wazir - Hiding From the Taliban in Plain Sight

    Guillermo Fariñas Hernández - The Life of a Cuban Revolutionary

    Zhanna Nemtsova - The Kremlin Killed My Father

    Luis Almagro - A New Kind of Diplomat

  • 12:00 CET

    Session 6 – Oslo Nye Theater

    Introduction: Julia Paige

    Raed Fares - Building a Free Syria One Town at a Time

    Firuzeh Mahmoudi - United for Iran

    Evan Mawarire - #ThisFlag

    Elif Shafak - Turkey and the Loss of Democracy

  • 13:30 CET

    Panel: Your Human Rights – Spikersuppa Square

    Join activists from around the world for a discussion on why education is the key to defending democracy, and learn about their work on the front lines of advancing human rights, with an in-depth look at Angola, Iran, and Vietnam.