FreedomNotFear: We're going to Brussels to meet other privacy activists in November!

Freedom Not Fear (FNF) is an unconference that happens in Brussels where NGOs meet to talk about privacy and surveillance. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people and build connections for our organizations.

Some of us have been there in the last years and we can say that it’s an excellent experience. Lot’s of nice people too!

From their website:

We are looking forward to join forces with NGOs from all over the world in order to build a strong alliance for the freedom of speech that is threatened by increasing surveillance.

In the last years, Freedom not Fear had been supported by a broad alliance including political parties, professional associations, trade unions and freedom activists.

We are a coalition of more than 150 organisations that share a common goal.

We want freedom of speech in a digitalized world and a free and uncensored internet to express ourselves.

We want privacy in the knowledge society, not surveillance.

We want to live in freedom, not in fear.

The registrations open on the 15th Sept (POSTPONED: see below)

The event will be on 8-11 Nov '19. Some of us will be registering for that. There is a possibility to get a travel and accommodation allowance.

If you’re interested, take a look at the website:

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The registration has been postponed

It’s been postponed to the beginning of the following week!
Here’s a message from the organization:

Dear all,

The plan was to put the registration for FnF 2019 online on 15th
September on

At the moment we are missing the current figures on travel expense
It looks as if we could go online early next week, when the feedback
from the EP Visitors Service should be available.

Please inform via your channels that registration will be open as soon
as possible! ? Sorry for the delay.

Thanks a lot to all of you.

Registration is now open!

Direct link registertration link:

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We’re planning on doing a Tor meetup there as well as a presentation about the state of surveillance of journalism and what is being done about it

It’s up!

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Just got this on the mail. Exciting :slight_smile:

We are happy to seeing you at Freedom not Fear in Brussels on Friday! Here are some last minute orga infos:

(1) Welcome & arriving time: Friday 8 November, 7.30 p.m. at Mundo B:

Freedom not Fear
8-11 November 2019 (FridayMonday)
Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, BXL
Freedom not Fear schedule:

(2) The keynote will start at 8 p.m. on Friday, 8th November 2019 at Mundo B. This year’s Freedom not Fear opening keynote will be held by Dr. Wojciech Wiewiórowski (EDPS) and is hosted by Jennifer Baker:

(3) Join the Tor meet-up: Right before Freedom not Fear 2019 starts with the keynote, there will be a Tor meet-up at 6 p.m. at the same location:

(4) This is our hotel:
Adagio Access Brussels Europe
Rue de L’Industrie 12, 1000 Bruxelles
Services included:

Reception desk 24/7

→ Arrival and departure:
Check-in: Friday 8 November, 5 p.m. or later.
On Monday, 11 November the keys shall be returned before we leave for
the visit at European Parliament.

(5) ! Don’t miss the mandatory visit at the European Parliament on Monday 11 November. We will gather at our Hotel and walk together to the EP building. Don’t forget to bring your valid ID!

(6) Many thanks to all our supporters! MEP Alexandra Geese, Karen Melchior, Mikuláš Peksa, Patrick Breyer, Marisa Matias, the European United Left/ Nordic Green Left and
Homo Digitalis from Greece:

We are looking forward to meeting you at Mundo B this Friday!

Best regards,
the FnF orga team

And it’s finished! The event was a massive success. Way bigger than last year and counted with the participation of 100+ privacy activists.

Here are some pictures for the ones who couldn’t make it :slight_smile: (all the photos had the consent of the participants)

This is the schedule of the sessions. Since it was an unconference everyone could contribute ad-hoc and make/contribute in sessions.

And the plenary sessions are where each participant pitches their own sessions.

I can only recommend others join this event next year. Freedom Not Fear will be 10 years old in 2020!

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Thank you for following up Francisco.

This post is an excellent candidate for a PrivacyLx blog post, and it’s very good manner for people to see what we are doing.

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