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Welcome to the private platform for the 2020 Oslo Freedom Forum.

Just as we gather with an exclusive group in Oslo each year to meet the speakers, trade notes, and collaborate on how to make the world more open and free, we’ll be gathering this year inside HopIn, a new platform for virtual experiences.
 
Instead of tuning in from the Oslo Freedom Forum website, log in here on September 24 and 25 to watch the program with your peers; join breakout sessions with current and former speakers; and explore the full range of interactive programming and panels taking place once the main stage events are done each day.
 
This platform will allow you to interact with other attendees and join smaller conversations about specific topics, regions, and issues. As a user, you’ll be able to quickly switch rooms, and meet up one-on-one with others. HRF will release the full schedule of Private Platform events in the coming weeks.

PROGRAM


DAY 1: September 24, 2020 


Mainstage I (9:00-10:00 EDT)
  • Keynote by 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
  • Musical performance by the Uyghur European Ensemble 

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
  • Comedy performance by Ahmed Albasheer, Iraqi comedian and political satirist
  • Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Digital Minister

Networking Sessions (11:30-13:00 EDT)
  • OFF Community Mixer
  • Meet the Freedom Fellows

Interactive Sessions I (13:00-14:30 EDT)
Panels
  • 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 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
  • 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 
  • State-Sponsored Hacking: Russia, Saudi Arabia, & 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 on digital security and media best practices
  • 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 to Media Outlets (led by Naina Bajekal, deputy international editor at TIME)
  • 13:00 EDT: How to Talk to a Journalist (led by Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist)
  • 13:00 EDT: Digital Transformation During a Pandemic: Risks & Solutions (Session in Arabic, led by Mohammed Al-Maskati, human rights activist and digital security consultant with Front Line Defenders)
  • 13:30 EDT: How to Pitch an Op-Ed to Media Outlets (led by Naina Bajekal, deputy international editor at TIME)
  • 14:00 EDT: 2020 on Twitter: Your Voice, Your Trust, and Safety (training led by Twitter)
  • 14:00 EDT: How to Talk to a Journalist (led by Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist)
  • 14:00 EDT: Digital Transformation During a Pandemic: Risks & Solutions (Session in Arabic, led by Mohammed Al-Maskati, human rights activist and digital security consultant with Front Line Defenders)

Interactive Sessions II (14:30-16:00 EDT) 
Panels & Firesides
  • The Repressive Nature of Cuba’s Medical Brigades
    • This panel will explore Cuba’s medical brigades, its implications with modern forms of slavery, 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
  • 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
  • Uncovering China’s Mass Internment Camps
    • Fireside chat about 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 on digital security and media best practices
  • 15:00 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)
  • 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 (16:00-18:00 EDT)
  • 16:00 EDT: OFF Community Mixer
  • 16:00 EDT: HRF’s Bitcoin Development Fund: Q/A 
  • 16:00 EDT: Vietnam: Facts, Figures, & How to Make It Freer and Better
  • 16:00 EDT: Impactful Video Storytelling: How Stories Change the World (led by Joe Smith, award-winning producer-director at Patreon)
  • 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)
  • 16:15 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)

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DAY 2: 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 (10:45-11:25 EDT)
  • Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square CEO
  • Eunhee Park, North Korean defector
  • Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Leader of the Belarusian democratic movement
  • Musical performance by Buika

Havel Prize Ceremony (11:25-11:50 EDT)
  • Garry Kasparov, HRF Chairman
  • Musical performance by 2019 Havel Laureate, Ramy Essam

Interactive Sessions III (12:30–14:30 EDT)
Panels & Firesides
  • 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
  • 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 || HRF President
      • 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
  • 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
  • Data Collection & Censorship in the Coronavirus Outbreak
    • Fireside chat about the Chinese government's response to the coronavirus, and Xi Jinping's authoritarian approach to public crises.
      • Paul Mozur || Technology Correspondent at The New York Times
      • Sophia Yan || China Correspondent at The Telegraph
      • Remaining panelists to be announced soon

Workshops on digital security and media best practices
  • 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 to Media Outlets (led by Naina Bajekal, deputy international editor at TIME) 
  • 13:00 EDT: How to Talk to a Journalist (led by Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist)
  • 13:00 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 Thomas Amter, producer and reporter)
  • 13:00 EDT: Digital Transformation During a Pandemic: Risks & Solutions (Session 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 a Journalist (led by Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion columnist)
  • 14:00 EDT: Digital Transformation During a Pandemic: Risks & Solutions (Session in Arabic, led by Mohammed Al-Maskati, human rights activist and digital security consultant with Front Line Defenders)

Interactive Sessions IV (14:30-16:00 EDT)
Panels & Firesides
  • 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
  • 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 on digital security and media best practices
  • 14:30 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)
  • 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 (16:00-18:00 EDT)
  • 16:00 EDT: Women in Activism (SHEroes)
  • 16:00 EDT: Vietnam: Facts, Figures, & How to Make It Freer and Better 
  • 16:00 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)
  • 17:00 EDT: Challenges During Transition to Democracy
  • 17:30 EDT: London Pub Unwind

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Schedule

· Stage
Mainstage I
Gulchehra Hoja, Mohamed Nagi Alassam, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Uyghur European Ensemble
· Stage
Mainstage II
Masih Alinejad, Christopher Balding, Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Ahmed Albasheer, Audrey Tang
· Sessions
Networking
· Sessions
Interactive Sessions I
Panels on Protecting the Environment, Business with China, State-Sponsored Hacking; Workshops on digital security, media, & Twitter (13:00 & 14:00 ET)
· Sessions
Interactive Sessions II
Panels on Cuba’s Repressive Medical Brigades, Rise of Global Protests, China’s Internment Camps; Workshops on digital security (15:00 ET) & hacking (15:45 ET)
· Sessions
Networking & Workshops
Networking on Vietnam, Bitcoin, OFF Community Mixer (16:00 ET); Workshops on impactful storytelling & media (16:00 ET), & digital security (16:15 ET)
· Stage
Mainstage III
Toufah Jallow, Lyudmila Savchuk, Nathan Law, Bryan Fogel
· Stage
Mainstage IV
Jack Dorsey, Eunhee Park, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
· Stage
Havel Prize Ceremony
· Expo
Explore Expo
Explore the expo and learn about HRF programs, activist workshops, and partner organizations.
· Sessions
Interactive Sessions III
Panels on LGBTQI Rights, Rise of Global Protests, Uyghur Labor, Censorship in COVID Era; Workshops on digital security, media, & Twitter (13:00 & 14:00 ET)
· Sessions
Interactive Sessions IV
Panels on Belarus Revolution, Saudi Sportswashing & PR Campaigns; Workshops on digital security (14:30 ET), storytelling (15:00 ET), & hacking (15:30 ET)
· Sessions
Networking & Workshops
Networking on Women in Activism & Vietnam (16:00 ET), & Transitional Democracies (17:00 ET); Workshop on digital security (16:00 ET)

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