This two-day event will bring together activists, tech experts, journalists, and researchers to explore censorship and strategies for promoting digital rights and defending online freedom of expression.

Featuring keynote speeches, networking and a hackathon experience “Internet Without Borders” will provide a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and learn from some of the leading voices in the field of internet freedom.

Register if you want to join our event.

May 19th 2023, Friday

9:30 – 10:00 – Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 10:30 – Keynote Speech: What Is Internet Without Borders? Goals and Values of the Event – Dmitri Vitaliev, Co-Founder and Director of eQualitie; Gunta Sloga, Executive Director at BCME

10:30 – 10:45 – “RuNet Self-Isolation: What Do We Know and What We Don’t Know Yet?” – Alexey Sidorenko, the Head of Teplitsa. Technologies for Social Good

10:45 – 11:00 – “Breaking the Digital Blockade: How Internet Protection Society Is Going to Bring the Internet and Security to the Russians” – Mikhail Klimarev, Executive Director of Internet Protection Society

11:00 – 11:15 – “Black Box Game: Closing Data as a Form of Military Censorship” – Arnold Khachaturov, Data Journalist From Novaya Gazeta

11:15 – 11:30 – “Internet Protocols and Censorship: Looking for Technological Solutions to Non-Technological Problems” – Samat Galimov, ex-CTO at Meduza, host of the “Launch Tomorrow” Telegram channel, co-founder of Fedya & Samat

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:15 – Keynotes by Independent Russian Media in Exile Representatives;

  • “Beating Kremlin censorship: How Meduza reaches its audience and delivers news inside Russia despite being banned and exiled” – Galina Timchenko, the Co-Founder, CEO, and Publisher of Meduza
  • “VPN – New Paper: Why Media Should Invest in Fighting Digital Censorship” – Kirill Martynov, Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta Europe
  • “What It Takes to Be The Only Independent Russian TV Channel in Exile” – Ekaterina Kotrikadze, News Director and Anchor of TV Rain (Dozhd TV)
  • “Entertainment Against Evil: How Games and Lifestyle Help Us Fight Censorship and State Violence” – Nikolai Ovchinnikov, creator of Noesis Games Studio and Wave | Latvia Media, host of the “I Don’t Understand” newsletter
  • “RFE/RL and Censorship Circumvention” – Arkady Pildes, Lead Product Manager, RFE/RL

13:15 – 14:15 – Moderated Roundtable Discussion and Q&A Session with Russian Exile Media Representatives;

14:15 – 15:15Lunch

15:15 – 15:30 – AmneziaVPN Project Presentation

15:30 – 15:45 – “NewNode: An SDK for Mobile Offerings From the Creators of BitTorrent” – Mikhail Klimarev, Regional Representative of NewNode;

15:45 – 16:05 – “Share the web: Ceno browser as a new paradigm for accessing blocked media” – Dmitri Vitaliev, Co-Founder and Director of eQualitie;

16:05 – 16:30 – Q&A with the speakers

16:30 – 16:45Coffee Break

16:45 – 17:00 – “Information Warfare. Military Perspective” – Colonel Māris Tūtins, Head of the Information Analyses and Operations Department at the Latvian Armed Forces Joint Staff;

17:00 – 17:15 – “Why Do People in Daugavpils Believe Kremlin Propaganda?” – Vladislava Romanova, New Black, Director of the Documentary “Daugavpils – the City of Opportunity or Not”;

17:15 – 17:30 – “Russian Voice Against the War. Anti-War Activism of the Latvian Russian and Russian-Speaking Community” – Martins Levuškāns, the Chairman of the Board at “Russian Voice for Latvia”, designer, activist, peacemaker;

17:30 – 17:45 – “Why Is It So Hard To Get Out of the Propaganda Grip? Psychological Perspective” – Mārtiņš Priedols, Social Psychologist and Researcher, University of Latvia;

17:45 – 18:00 – “Lithuanian Elves Against the Pro-Kremlin Trolls” – Giedrius Sakalauskas, Director at Res Publica – Civic Resilience Center, Lithuania;

18:00 – 18:15 – “The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Known Tools for Circumventing Digital Censorship” – Representative of Possible Security Project;

18:15 – 18:45 – Q&A With Speakers and Conference Closing

18:45 – 19:00 – Break

19:00 – 20:00 – Hackathon Without Borders Opening, Short Presentations of Tasks and Projects

20:00 – 21:00 – Food, Drinks and Networking.

May 20th 2023, Saturday

The second day of the event will be fully devoted to hackathon with tasks aimed to solve problems related to countering censorship, blocking and isolation. Do you have development, design, copywriting, promotion skills? Join us!

10:00 – beginning of the hackathon;

18:00 – final presentations;

20:00 – ending of the hackathon;

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