Session overview

On Friday FNF starts with a keynote by Jane Kilpatrick: Use of surveillance technology against refugees at the European borders. Please be at Mundo-b by 19:00 (CEST).

Saturday and Sunday are filled with self-organised sessions throughout the day. Some of these have been scheduled already due to limited availability of the session convenors. All other sessions will be scheduled by the plenary. Participants are also invited to convene sessions on the spot at Freedom Not Fear.

Time Saturday Sunday
Morning plenary Morning plenary
10:30–11:30
Morning session 1
  • From Chat Control to Total Control: how the EU’s CSA Regulation threatens the entire internet [EDRi network]
  • Tech Abuse and Privacy: can we keep information private from an ex-partner
  • Digital Dissidents [IuRe / Digitální svobody]
  • CHATONS, a francophone collective of Freesoftware alternative Hosting service [CHATONS]
  • Pegasus, Predator, Hermit and the threat to democracy [MEP Marcel Kolaja (member of the Pegasus Inquiry Committee)]
  • What’s going on in your country?
12:00–13:00
Morning session 2
  • What are EU agencies doing with our personal data? [Statewatch & EDRi]
  • The European Digital ID
  • The impact of DSA/DMA on education / vocational training
  • What’s best for your children? – brainstorming about narratives so that people better understand what is really behind Chatcontrol [MEP Patrick Breyer]
  • “Smart” meter voor electricity & gas – the impact on our funamental right of refuge [Vrijbit]
  • Gender-based violence in the digital era [DATAWO]
14:30–15:00
After-Lunch session
  • Lightning Talks
  • Biometric surveillance: how we can ban Clearview AI, Pim Eyes & similar services in the EU’s AI Act? [EDRi]
  • European Health Data Spaces
  • The Atlas of Data Retention in the EU
  • Self-Sovereign Identity with ESSIF and eIDAS: an Opportunity or a Nightmare for Privacy and Data Protection?
15:15–16:15
Afternoon session 1
  • Debunking Systemic Injustices in States-Ruled by Digital Authoritarianism [Alternative Informatics Association]
  • Orwell’s Wallet: European electronic identity system leads us straight into surveillance capitalism [epicenter.works]
  • Open Media Fingerprinting: friend, foe or something else?
  • Chatcontrol protest brainstorming [CCC]
  • EU Digital Legislation: the good, the bad and the ugly [MEP Karen Melchior]
  • Why on earth do we have to talk about net neutrality, yet again. [epicenter.works]
  • Why #ChatControl does not help to protect children [Digitalcourage]
16:45–17:45
Afternoon session 1
  • Technopolice
  • Where to go?
  • How to sabotage data protection in Europe [Digitalcourage]
  • Data retention
  • Privacy.txt – automating supply chain compliance
  • When privacy is used as an accountability shield – taking action against SLAPPs in Europe [Blueprint for Free Speech]
  • CSAR Campaign – governance & perspectives [EDRi, CCC & epicenter.works]
18:00–19:00 Evening plenary Evening plenary

This schedule is subject to change and we will try to keep it updated during FNF. You can find a map with the event venue (Mundo-b) and the other relevant locations here: https://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/fnf-2022-locations_801696

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Programme at Freedom not Fear 2022

2–5 September (Friday–Monday)
Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, Brussels (Fri–Sun) · European Parliament (Mon)

Freedom not Fear is an un-conference, the whole programme will be planned with participants on the spot – so naturally there is no fixed programme yet. But we want to give you an idea of what to expect, so here is a rough schedule:

  • Friday, 18:00 – arrival and socialising
  • Friday, 19:00 – opening and keynote by Jane Kilpatrick: Use of surveillance technology against refugees at the European borders
  • Saturday and Sunday – barcamp: sessions, workshop etc.
  • Saturday night – networking dinner
  • Monday, 10:00–11:30 – European Parliament visit
  • Monday, 12:00-15:00 – meetings with EU policy makers

Keynote: We are kickstarting the event on Friday evening with a keynote by Jane Kilpatrick (researcher at Statewatch) titled “Use of surveillance technology against refugees at the European borders”, followed by discussion.

Weekend barcamp: Saturday and Sunday is the time for our self-organised barcamp to discuss and push forward current topics. Throughout these two days you can join workshops or start your own sessions whenever interesting ideas come up. In different formats like skill-sharing, discussion, action-planning we plan and implement specific coordinated international activities on important topics. Some sessions that have been proposed so far:

  • Orwell’s Wallet: European electronic identity system leads us straight into surveillance capitalism
  • Biometric surveillance: how we can ban Clearview AI, Pim Eyes & similar services in the EU’s AI Act?
  • Atlas of Data Retention in the EU
  • Debunking Systemic Injustices in States-Ruled by Digital Authoritarianism
  • Watch and discuss Documentary “Digital Dissidents”
  • From Chat Control to Total Control: how the EU’s CSA Regulation threatens the entire internet – plus more workshops about Chat Control

Networking & social hours: between the sessions there will be free time and activities to connect with activists from different countries, learn about their approach, their views, successes, issues and advice. Everyone is invited to share their expertise on all sessions and topics.

There will be a social dinner on Saturday evening. We would love to have all of you there to network in an informal setting. Please let us know whether you are coming, so we can plan the amount of food accordingly.

Meeting Members of the European Parliament (MEPs): after a productive and inspirational weekend, we will visit the European Parliament to learn about how they work and to talk to MEPs about our concerns for privacy and freedom.

If you are planning to visit FnF without registering, please let us now when you are planning to come so we can plan on food and room capacity. E-mail us: contact@freedomnotfear.org

For more information please check our Participant information.

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Deadline extended!

Upon popular demand we have extended the registration deadline for #FnF2022 until Wednesday! (17th of August, 23:59 CEST) Make sure you don’t miss when the self-organised conference on privacy and digital rights returns to Brussels!

Find the registration form for #FreedomNotFear 2022 here and join us:
https://civi.digitalcourage.de/fnf2022

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Registration and Call for Proposals

We are calling for registrations and session proposals for Freedom not Fear 2022, 2–5 September at Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26 in Brussels.

Freedom not Fear 2022 will focus on the following topics: data retention, chat control, DSA/DMA & platform power, public and private surveillance technology.

Rough schedule

  • Friday, 2 Sep 2022, 18:00: start with a keynote and discussion
  • Saturday and Sunday, 3–4 Sep 2022, are open for your sessions. We invite you to submit proposals using this form.
  • Saturday night: joint dinner and evening programme
  • Monday, 5 Sep 2022, 10:00–11:30: visit to EP and meeting with MEPs
  • Monday, 5 Sep 2022, 12:00–15:00: (self-) arranged meetings with MEPs, commissioners and other EU policy makers.

More details on the schedule and programme are going to be published soon.

Registration

As part of Freedom not Fear we will meet with MEPs in the European Parliament. Participants in this visit are eligible for travel reimbursement and a fixed allowance thanks to visitor quotas of the MEPs who support us.

Registration for the FNF events from Friday to Sunday is not compulsory. However, in order to take part in the EP visit on Monday and to receive any allowances you must register.

EP visit – mandatory for reimbursement

In order to receive travel reimbursement and the allowance, it is mandatory to take part in the official visit to the European Parliament on Monday, 5 September, 10:00–11:30.

On Monday afternoon (after the mandatory EP visit) we will schedule talks with MEPs and other relevant politicians to be prepared in workshops during the weekend. If you are interested in taking part in these talks, please make sure to reserve time until about 15:00 on Monday afternoon when planning your departure.

Accommodation

We have organised hotel accommodation close to the event venue and the EU facilities, as an option. Please state your accommodation preferences in the registration form.

Please register as soon as possible
The available places are limited, please register as soon as possible but by 17 August at the latest. You will find more information on the registration form: https://civi.digitalcourage.de/fnf2022

If you have trouble taking part due to financial restrictions, please get in touch with us and we will try to find a solution.

Donations

Freedom not Fear is dependent on individual donations to cover expenses such as venue, facilitation, infrastructure, and to make the event affordable to participants from all backgrounds and all parts of Europe. Your donation would be highly appreciated here: https://digitalcourage.de/spenden

(Enter “FNF 2022” at “Nachrichten” at the end of the form to direct the donation towards FNF.)

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2–5 September 2022: Save the date and prepare for a political trip to Brussels!

Freedom not Fear (FNF) is an annual self-organised conference on privacy and digital rights. People from all across Europe meet and work towards more freedom in the digitalised world, plan actions against increasing surveillance and other attacks on civil rights. Also we have the chance to talk to decision makers at the EU level.

After two years of FNF happening online only, we are looking forward to meet in real life in Brussels again.

Save the date: 2–5 September 2022

  • Friday evening: keynote talk
  • Saturday-Sunday: un-conference [1]
  • Monday: EU parliament visit

Everybody is welcome to take part: help organise, propose conference content and support FNF 2022!

Please spread the word about Freedom not Fear 2022 to people you think might be interested or should be there.
We want to live in freedom, not fear. Join us!

Registration & travel allowance

Registration is not open yet, please keep an eye on this space.

It will be possible to apply for some travel allowance for people that officially register for the conference and visiting the EU parliament.[2]

More information soon. For regular updates join our mailing list: akv-international@ listen.akvorrat.org

Support needed

We’re a group of concerned people from all over Europe who want to make FNF 2022 happen.

We’d be happy to have your helping hand to organise Freedom not Fear 2022 in Brussels! If you are based in Brussels or not, have some organising or language skills (French/Dutch), would like to shape the event or help with communication and writing texts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Contact

contact@freedomnotfear.org

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[1] Un-conference means that the programme will be defined at the start of the event with whoever is present and proposes a talk, workshop or other.

[2] Please be aware that in order to receive the travel allowance you need to register with your full name, and take part in the EU parliament visit on Monday.

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Freedom Not Fear 2022: get involved in the planning!

Freedom not Fear (FNF) is an annual self-organised conference on privacy and digital rights. People from all across Europe meet and work towards more freedom in the digitalised world, plan actions against increasing surveillance and other attacks on civil rights. Also we have the chance to talk to decision-makers at the EU level.

After two years of FNF happening as an online event only, we are ambitiously aiming for an in-person event in Brussels this year again – probably on a weekend in September. Usually we can arrange travel reimbursements. To make this happen, we (the previous year’s organisers) are inviting everyone from all over Europe who is willing to get involved with ideas, skills, enthusiasm to join our first open planning call.

To agree on topic(s) and time, arrange locations, organise a programme and inspiring speakers we need YOU. If you have any help to offer, big or small, please feel invited to join our

first online planning call on
28 February (Monday) at 18:00 CET.

If you’re interested to join the meeting, please contact us at contact@freedomnotfear.org or subscribe to the mailing list where the conference link will be shared shortly before the call: https://listen.akvorrat.org/mailman/listinfo/akv-international.

We want to live in freedom, not in fear. Join the team to make a next Freedom not Fear possible!

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