Internet Freedom Festival, Valencia, March 2018

IFF March 5-9 2018


Las Naves
Calle de Juan Verdeguer 16,
46024 – Valencia (Spain)


Internet Freedom Festival will happen March 5th to 9th in Valencia, Spain and the session registrations are … now :slight_smile:


Looking at last year’s schedule, there’s a lot on there about the intersection of journalism and tech, and I think it might be useful to submit a workshop on journalist / source protection best practices. Would anyone like to collaborate on that?

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I would. It’s all quite messy though… not sure how to proceed :wink:

Ok, well I’m going to submit a proposal for that, and if it gets accepted, then we’ll deal with the finer details.

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@dachary Yeah, I submitted one called “Effective Privacy for Sources and Journalists.”

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Warning: a mail titled “Confirm your Attendance Now!” which looks like spam actually contains a link to confirm your attendance to IFF. I almost deleted it and … would have been unsubscribed :slight_smile:

Take this opportunity to find people willing to do a cognitive walkthrough of the source interface.

@heartsucker was your talk accepted ?

Nope. (adding more text because “post must be at least 20 characters”)

Looks like the schedule is not yet published (still 2017). I’ve never been to IFF and wonder how to best prepare to take advantage of my time there. Ideas welcome !

@RamyRaoof I see you’ll be at IFF and it would be great to get a chance to meet you and properly thank you for your contribution to SecureDrop.

yea that would be great to connect looking forward : ) and if there are more folks from here at IFF it would be even better to meet all of us if we had chance out of sharing experiences and connecting more as a wider team. :raised_hands:

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Hi @ramyraoof would you be willing to talk to me about your localisation work on SD at IFF?

I’ll be there talking some other contributors to SD. I’m a UX designer who’s recently started contributing.

I’ll happily buy you a drink as a way of saying thanks. :pray:

(Edited: because my stupid tablet spell checked UX to U.S. :face_with_hand_over_mouth:)

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There are various topics developing in preparation of IFF and a category was created so this thread does not turn into an uncontrollable mess :slight_smile:

yes of course @ei8fdb would be happy to share and talk : ) lets do that

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@ramyraoof great. I’m looking forward to it!