OSLO

FREEDOM

FORUM

Virtual Conference

Sept. 24 – 25, 2020

Schedule of Events

September 24, 2020

Mainstage I  (9:00 – 10:00 EDT)
Marianne Hagen
State Secretary at the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Gulchehra Hoja
Uyghur journalist
Mohamed Nagi Alassam
Sudanese doctor and pro-democracy activist
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
Thai opposition leader
Uyghur European Ensemble
Musical performance
Mainstage II  (10:20 – 11:30 EDT)
Masih Alinejad
Iranian journalist and human rights activist
Christopher Balding
“Who Owns Huawei?” author and professor
Ariel Ruiz Urquiola
Cuban environmentalist and LGBTQ+ rights activist
Ahmed Albasheer
Comedy performance
Audrey Tang
Taiwan’s Digital Minister
Networking Sessions
11:30 EDT
OFF Community Mixer
Catching up with our community
11:30 EDT
Meet the Freedom Fellows
Say hello to HRF's new class of activists
Panel Discussions
13:00 EDT
Defending the Defenders: Right to Protect the Environment
CNN’s Melissa Mahtani will lead a discussion with four activists on environmental activism in Venezuela, Cambodia, Sudan, and Belarus.
  • Melissa Mahtani, Senior producer/reporter for TV & Digital at CNN
  • Abubakr Mohammad, Sudanese conservationist and independent researcher
  • Alex Gonzalez Davidson, Environmental activist and founder of Cambodian NGO Mother Nature
  • Cristina Burelli, Venezuelan-American entrepreneur and founder of V5Initiative
  • Irina Sukhy, Chairwoman of the Green Network Council
13:00 EDT
Doing Business with China
Panelists will discuss corporate responsibility in the landscape of China’s global rise and corporate solutions for upholding human rights.
  • Melissa Chen, Editor for Spectator and Managing Director of Ideas Beyond Borders
  • Kyle Bass, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Hayman Capital Management, and founding member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China
  • Christopher Balding, China expert and Oslo Freedom Forum speaker
  • Jenny Wang, HRF Strategic Advisor
13:00 EDT
State-Sponsored Hacking: Russia, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea
This panel will explore how Russia, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea are using technology to consolidate their power and influence globally.
  • Philippa Thomas, Journalist and BBC correspondent 
  • Andy Greenberg, Senior writer for WIRED
  • Iyad el-Baghdadi, President of Kawaakibi Foundation
  • Jieun Baek, Founder and Co-Director of Lumen
Workshops
13:00 EDT
Digital Hygiene for Human Rights Defenders
Session in Arabic, led by Sarah Aoun, human rights technologist; French support also available.
13:00 EDT
Digital Transformation During a Pandemic: Risks & Solutions
Workshop in Arabic, led by Mohammed Al-Maskati, human rights activist and digital security consultant with Front Line Defenders
13:00 EDT
How to Talk to Journalists
Workshop led by Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist
13:00 EDT
How to Pitch an Op-Ed
Session led by Naina Bajekal, deputy international editor at TIME
13:30 EDT
How to Pitch an Op-Ed
Workshop led by Naina Bajekal, deputy international editor at TIME
14:00 EDT
How to Talk to Journalists
Workshop led by Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist
14:00 EDT
Digital Transformation During a Pandemic: Risks & Solutions
Workshop in Arabic, led by Mohammed Al-Maskati, human rights activist and digital security consultant with Front Line Defenders
14:00 EDT
2020 on Twitter: Your Voice, Your Trust, and Safety
Training led by Twitter
Panel Discussions
14:30 EDT
The Repressive Nature of Cuba’s Medical Brigades
This panel will explore Cuba’s medical brigades and their use as propaganda to legitimize the regime.
  • José Moya, Professor of History at Barnard College
  • Maria Werlau, President of the Free Society Project
  • Annarella O’Mahony, Cuban author and editor
  • Vincent Geloso, Author and Assistant Professor at King’s University College
14:30 EDT
The Rise of Global Protests: Part I
Panelists will examine how authoritarian regimes exploit global crises for political aims and crack down on peaceful dissenters.
  • Srdja Popović, Expert in nonviolent resistance and leader of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS)
  • Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Associate Professor at University of Notre Dame and Hong Kong democracy movement scholar
  • Farida Nabourema, Togolese human rights activist, blogger, and founder of the Faure Must Go movement
  • Rafaela Requesens, Venezuelan activist and anti-government student protest leader
14:30 EDT
Uncovering China’s Mass Internment Camps
Discussing Buzzfeed’s investigation exposing China’s new prison camps & the global response to this escalation of ethnic cleansing.
  • Megha Rajagopalan, International correspondent at Buzzfeed
  • Gulchehra Hoja, Uyghur journalist and Oslo Freedom Forum speaker
Workshops
15:00 EDT
Digital Hygiene for Human Rights Defenders
Workshop led by Sarah Aoun, human rights technologist; Matt Mitchell, hacker/risk analyst; and John Shaffer, digital security researcher
15:45 EDT
The One Trick Hackers Hate: A Conversation with JSR
Led by John Scott-Railton, Senior Researcher at Citizen Lab
Networking Sessions & Workshops
16:00 EDT
How to be a Guest on Live TV from Home or the Field
Led by Nick Spicer, International TV correspondent and presenter at Deutsche Welle, with guest Nazeeha Saeed, journalist and safety trainer
16:00 EDT
Impactful Video Storytelling: How Stories Change the World
Led by Joe Smith, award-winning producer-director at Patreon
16:00 EDT
OFF Community Mixer
Catching up with our community
16:00 EDT
All About Vietnam
Facts, figures, and how to make it freer and better
16:00 EDT
Bitcoin Development Fund: Q & A
Learn about HRF’s new fund to support open source financial software
16:15 EDT
Digital Hygiene for Human Rights Defenders
Led by Sarah Aoun, human rights technologist; Matt Mitchell, hacker/risk analyst; and John Shaffer, digital security researcher

September 25, 2020

Mainstage III  (9:00 – 10:00 EDT)
Fatou Toufah Jallow
Gambian anti-rape activist and survivor
Lyudmila Savchuk
Russian investigative journalist
Nathan Law
Exiled Hong Kong pro-democracy activist
Bryan Fogel
Oscar-winning film director
Mainstage IV  (10:20 – 11:25 EDT)
Jack Dorsey
Twitter and Square CEO
Eunhee Park
North Korean defector
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
Leader of the Belarusian democratic movement
Buika
Musical performance
Havel Prize Ceremony  (11:25 – 11:50 EDT)
Garry Kasparov
Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation
Ramy Essam
Musical performance by the 2019 Havel Laureate
Panel Discussions
12:30 EDT
Protecting and Advancing LGBTQI Rights Globally
LGBTQI activists share their experiences, ranging from constitutional challenges and government crackdowns, to extrajudicial killings.
  • Leyla Hussein, Somali anti-FGM activist and psychotherapist
  • Julia Maciocha, Polish LGBTQI activist and Director of Warsaw Pride
  • Asif Iqbal, Bangladeshi LGBTQI activist and writer
  • Amir Ashour, Iraqi LGBTQI activist and executive director of IraQueer
13:00 EDT
The Rise of Global Protests: Part II
Panelists will discuss emerging and evolving threats facing democracies and democratic values, in light of newly-posed global challenges.
  • Thor Halvorssen, President of the Human Rights Foundation
  • Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution
  • Ayah Bdeir, Inventor and co-founder of Daleel Thawra, Directory of the Lebanese Revolution
  • Se-Woong Koo, Founder of Korea Exposé
  • Diana Riba, Member of the European Parliament, and pro-Catalonia independence activist
13:00 EDT
Uyghur Forced Labor and the Global Fashion Supply Chain
This panel will address the forced labor of Uyghurs in the global fashion supply chain and offer a variety of perspectives on the issue.
  • Tu Rinsche, Vice President of Strategic Engagement & Partnerships of Transparentem
  • Rushan Abbas, Founder and Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs
  • Johnson Yeung, Campaigner & Urgent Appeal Coordinator at Clean Clothes Campaign
  • Amy Lehr, Director of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Cecilie Hellestveit, Lawyer, political scientist, and member of the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Petroleum Fund
13:00 EDT
Data Collection & Censorship in the Coronavirus Outbreak
Discussing the Chinese government's response to the coronavirus, and Xi Jinping's authoritarian approach to public crises.
  • Paul Mozur, Technology Correspondent for The New York Times
  • Sophia Yan, China Correspondent for The Telegraph
Workshops
13:00 EDT
Digital Hygiene for Human Rights Defenders
Session in Arabic, led by Sarah Aoun, human rights technologist; French support also available.
13:00 EDT
How to Pitch an Op-Ed
Workshop led by Naina Bajekal, deputy international editor at TIME
13:00 EDT
How to Talk to Journalists
Workshop led by Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist
13:00 EDT
How to be a Guest on Live TV from Home or the Field
Workshop led by Nick Spicer, International TV correspondent and presenter at Deutsche Welle, with guest Thomas Amter, producer and reporter
13:00 EDT
Digital Transformation During a Pandemic: Risks & Solutions
Workshop in Arabic, led by Mohammed Al-Maskati, human rights activist and digital security consultant with Front Line Defenders
14:00 EDT
2020 on Twitter: Your Voice, Your Trust, and Safety
Training led by Twitter
14:00 EDT
How to Talk to Journalists
Workshop led by Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist
14:00 EDT
Digital Transformation During a Pandemic: Risks & Solutions
Workshop in Arabic, led by Mohammed Al-Maskati, human rights activist and digital security consultant with Front Line Defenders
Panel Discussions
14:30 EDT
The Telegram Revolution in Belarus
This panel will address the rise of bloggers, digital protest organizing, and the role of social media in the Belarusian democracy movement.
  • Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, and journalist
  • Franak Viacorka, Belarusian democracy activist and journalist
  • Hanna Liubakova, Journalist
  • Aliaksandr Herasimenka, Researcher at the University of Oxford
14:30 EDT
The Politics of Saudi Arabia's Sportswashing and Entertainment PR Campaigns
Ahmed Gatnash, host of The Arab Tyrant Manual podcast, will discuss with activists and journalists Saudi sports and entertainment-washing.
  • Ahmed Gatnash, Host of The Arab Tyrant Manual Podcast
  • Garry Kasparov, HRF Chairman
  • Areej al-Sadhan, Saudi activist
  • Karim Zidan, Investigative journalist
Workshops
14:30 EDT
Digital Hygiene for Human Rights Defenders
Workshop led by Sarah Aoun, human rights technologist; Matt Mitchell, hacker/risk analyst; and John Shaffer, digital security researcher
15:00 EDT
Impactful Video Storytelling: How Stories Change the World
Led by Joe Smith, award-winning producer-director at Patreon
15:30 EDT
The One Trick Hackers Hate: A Conversation with JSR
Led by John Scott-Railton, Senior Researcher at Citizen Lab
Networking Sessions & Workshops
16:00 EDT
SHEroes: Women in Activism
Exploring the challenges that women activists uniquely face, and what the supporting ecosystem for these activists looks like.
16:00 EDT
Digital Hygiene for Human Rights Defenders
Workshop led by Sarah Aoun, human rights technologist; Matt Mitchell, hacker/risk analyst; and John Shaffer, digital security researcher
16:00 EDT
All About Vietnam
Facts, figures, and how to make it freer and better
17:00 EDT
Challenges During Transition to Democracy
Challenges in Sudan's transition to democracy as told by Sudanese people themselves
17:30 EDT
London Pub Unwind
Please join us as we virtually gather to celebrate the culmination of another inspiring year
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