Conferences

NFP and RightsCon 2017

NetFreedom Pioneers had another special opportunity to attend and participate in a conference this year, specifically the much anticipated RightsCon 2017. Hosted and organized by Access Now, RightsCon is a chance for hundreds of experts from around the world to gather together and share knowledge with each other on myriad topics relating to human rights and the digital world. Though the annual conference centers on this theme,  its attendees and participants come from a plethora of specialties: business and entrepreneurship, civil society advocacy, security and surveillance, human rights activism, journalism, technology, and the list goes on.

  Executive Director Mehdi Yahyanejad represented NFP at a RightsCon booth by providing information, answering questions, and handing out swag related to our innovative technology.

Executive Director Mehdi Yahyanejad represented NFP at a RightsCon booth by providing information, answering questions, and handing out swag related to our innovative technology.

 NFP staff participated in a Tech Demo during the conference’s opening ceremony. Entitled “Toosheh: Streaming Data Files Through Satellite TV Channels,” this demo session allowed staff to illustrate how Toosheh and NFP satellite Filecasting technology allows digital content to be sent to those living in areas around the world with limited access to information.  

NFP representatives also attended many of the conference’s engaging and informative sessions, including “Everything We Know About Internet Shutdowns”, “Apps for Refugees”, “Personal Data and Privacy”, and “Global Opportunities and Risks.”

Digital Social Memory

NetFreedom Pioneers (NFP) had the privilege of being invited to the Digital Social Memory conference at the New Museum Theater in New York City.  Mehdi Yahyanejad, our co-founder and director, participated in a panel entitled “Archival Narratives and Counter-narratives” alongside Josh Miller (Director of Product Management, White House Office of Digital Strategy) and Dragan Espenschied (Preservation Director, Rhizome).

With today’s presence of technology in people’s lives, web content and material is as much a part of society’s social memory as the places in which one lives or the food that one eats. Panelists discussed the role this digital social memory and archiving can play in shaping social and political reality. Our company’s efforts to deliver web archives to different communities around the world were examined as a case study.

NFP is able to deliver web archives because of its ongoing collaboration with Rhizome’s Webrecorder.io project. We package online news using the webrecorder.io project and deliver it to our users over satellite on a weekly basis. NFP shared the user feedback on Webrecorder.io with the Rhizome team and is currently in the midst of creating further collaboration opportunities.