Twitter vice president Colin Crowell talks about how online platforms, like Twitter, play a key role in connecting people and spreading ideas.
British-Indian author Kenan Malik speaks about how the right to offend is necessary in order to protect other rights, such as the
Islamic extremism expert Shiraz Maher draws from both his academic background and his personal history to address why people all over the
American attorney Kimberley Motley talks about her dramatic experience as the only foreign litigator in Afghanistan as she strives to promote the
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende opens the 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum by honoring Václav Havel’s ideals of liberty. He reminds
Political science professor Larry Diamond highlights the troubling recent phenomena of democratic erosion in nation states – which has resulted in an
Iranian actor and television host Kambiz Hosseini, who lives in exile in the United States, discusses the importance of comedy as a
North Korean refugee Ji Seong-ho shares his powerful story of struggle and survival. He describes growing up during North Korea’s grueling famine
Tunisian human rights defender Amira Yahyaoui talks about the global youth as an underrepresented force in many governments. She draws attention to
Libyan activist Alaa Murabit shows us how ongoing conflict has affected daily life in her country. She stresses the importance of acknowledging
Chilean economist Andrés Velasco describes how political, economic, and social unrest led to the collapse of Chilean democracy in the 1970s. Growing
Environmental activist Marc Ona Essangui describes the brutal reality in his home country Gabon – a nation that fails to provide for
Iranian human rights scholar and activist Maryam Faghihimani describes her personal experience as the daughter of one of Iran’s most prominent ayatollahs.
Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk describes his fight for democracy in his home country following the May 2014 military coup. Talking about his
Turkish writer and journalist Mustafa Akyol argues that efforts to bring Turkey towards an Islamic liberal governance model were reversed by President