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Internet Freedom Festival


The Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) is one of the largest gatherings in the world that brings together activists, journalists, developers, humanitarian workers and others working on Internet freedom, privacy and security, and freedom of expression.

Using an unconference format, the event is focused on hands-on creation and collaboration. In addition, the event puts a huge emphasis on empowering individuals from the Global South and other communities not well represented in the Internet Freedom community. The 2016 instance had over 160 sessions, and brought together over 800 people from 74 countries.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2016 $220,000 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $220,000

Addressed problems

  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
  • Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
  • Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
  • Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
  • Pro-government manipulation of online discussions (propaganda, imitation content, and/or sockpuppets)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
  • Policies, laws, or directives that increase surveillance, censorship, and punishment
  • Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
  • Prohibitive cost to access the Internet
  • Other


  • Deploying technology
  • Software or hardware development
  • Testing
  • Research
  • Technology development
  • Training


  • General public
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Sexual minorities
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Academia
  • Technologists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Government
  • Other

Region(s) archive

  • Global

Technology attributes

  • Anonymity
  • Application deployment
  • Browser extension
  • Browser plugin
  • Cryptography
  • Dependency integration
  • Desktop App
  • Desktop client
  • Hardware/Embedded device(s)
  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
  • Mobile application (clientside)
  • Networking
  • Not applicable
  • Other
  • Platform as a service (PaaS)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Sensitive data
  • Server daemon
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Unmanaged language
  • User interface/experience
  • Web API/Mobile application (serverside)
  • Web application
  • Wireless Communication

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