Coming Soon: The Oslo Freedom Forum in New York

On September 19, the world’s bravest activists and dissidents will meet leaders from art, philanthropy, media, business, and technology at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York. You can apply to attend here. The registration deadline is September 15.

The main stage event will take place on September 19 from 11 a.m. ET - 5 p.m. ET at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. It will be preceded by an Interactive Expo and networking breakfast.

Programming will begin on September 18 with a press conference hosted by the Norwegian government and a lunch and learn with Leyla Hussein at Civic Hall. Later that day, HRF Chairman Garry Kasparov and Oslo Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen will give remarks at the opening reception.

The next morning at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, we’ll begin with an Interactive Expo featuring high-tech, immersive exhibits including a virtual reality tour of Iranian prisons from Blindfold and Committee to Protect Journalists; an exploration of citizen journalism tools from WITNESS; activist fashion from DEAR LEADER; an art exhibit exploring Chinese censorship from FIREWALL; practical tools and resources to keep activists safe from Jigsaw; an interactive free speech map from Free Speech Unlimited; and HRF’s Flash Drives for Freedom project.

Later that day, participants will have the option to attend workshops on a variety of issues, including hacking for human rights, using blockchain tech for social good, liberating political prisoners, censorship and security, and improving human rights in the fashion industry.

As a warm-up to the event, on September 14, the Oslo Freedom Forum and Remake are hosting “Wear Your Values,” a fashion show and interactive exhibit that explores how ethical brands are improving human rights conditions along the supply chain, from sourcing raw materials to distribution. Learn more and register here.

OFF in NY sponsors include Unlikely Collaborators, Jigsaw, Humanity United, ConsenSys, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Cordes Foundation. Supporters and interactive expo partners include Civic Hall, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Blindfold, WITNESS, DEAR LEADER, FIREWALL, HarperCollins, Remake, Knomo London, DLX Marketing, HotoTats, Be My Rose, Pacari, Raw Spirit Fragrances, Essential Living Foods, C20 Pure Coconut Water, Highland Farm Foods, and Sockerbit.

Apply to attend OFF in NY here and learn more at oslofreedomforum.com.

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