The Human Rights Foundation has been a proud participant in SXSW, an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences, since 2016. Our goal has remained consistent: to engage members of the SXSW community in creative ways to help advance freedom across the world.


This March, HRF will once again participate in SXSW, the world’s largest interactive festival.

On Saturday, March 9, HRF Chairman Garry Kasparov will be discussing the rise of intelligent technologies, the questions of ethics, and the right to privacy in our connected world with Avast EVP & GM Ondrej Vlcek at the panel: Ethics and Responsibility in the AI and IoT Age.

On Sunday, March 10, HRF will host a panel, “The Dark Side of Tech: Surveillance and Propaganda,” featuring HRF chief strategy officer Alex Gladstein, Buzzfeed News world correspondent Megha Rajagopalan, Uighur rights advocate Tahir Imin, and global affairs journalist Melissa Chan for a discussion about how artificial intelligence, fake video, and other cutting-edge technologies are being used to control, surveil, and promote state propaganda in China and what that means for the rest of the world. Learn more and register to attend here.

HRF is also bringing back our Flash Drives for Freedom booth, which USA Today called a highlight of the SXSW festival upon its debut in 2016. Our interactive exhibit will be located on the trade show floor at booth 740.

Below are links to the past years that HRF has participated at SXSW:

HRF @ SXSW 2018

HRF @ SXSW 2017

HRF @ SXSW 2016