Coming Soon: The Oslo Freedom Forum in New York
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.
- Leyla Hussein, Somali anti-FGM activist and psychotherapist
- Vladimir Kara-Murza, leading Russian civil society organizer and survivor of two assassination attempts
- Justin Kosslyn, technologist at Jigsaw, an incubator within Alphabet that builds technology to tackle some of the world’s toughest security challenges
- Marina Nemat, former Iranian prisoner of conscience and author of “Prisoner of Tehran”
- Steven Pinker, Harvard cognitive scientist and author of "Better Angels of Our Nature"
- Srdja Popovic, nonviolent protest expert and former leader of Otpor!, the democratic movement that toppled Serbia's Slobodan Milošević
- Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector who traveled 6,000 miles to freedom on crutches
- Elif Shafak, author, human rights advocate, and Turkey’s most widely-read female writer
- Manal al-Sharif, founder of Saudi Arabia's Women2Drive movement
- Maria Toorpakai Wazir, Pakistani squash star who hid her gender identity so she could play sports
- Bassem Youssef, Egyptian satirist and author of “Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring”
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.