Trust Conference is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s flagship annual event and a leading human rights forum. Normally held in the heart of London each year, the conference brings together some 600 delegates from diverse sectors representing more than 60 countries. This year, the forum moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers included Nobel Laureate and social entrepreneur Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chief Executive at Oxfam GB Danny Sriskandarajah, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon, Creative Director of Eco Age Ltd Livia Firth, Technical Research Manager at Stanford Internet Observatory Renée DiResta, Associate Director at UCLA and author of ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ Safiya Noble and Co-Founder and Director of Tandem Research Urvashi Aneja.

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Interested in a specific panel? See below for individual recordings, where our speakers at the forefront of reshaping our recovery in a post-COVID world examined just how the pandemic has deepened social and economic inequalities, amplified threats to media freedom and will have lasting consequences for protecting and promoting human rights.

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2020 Agenda

Watch the session recordings below.

Opening Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Keynote

Steve Hasker, President and CEO, Thomson Reuters

Keynote

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2006 and Founder, Grameen Bank

LIVE PANEL

Beyond the Buzzwords: What does ‘Build Back Better’ mean in practical terms for our economies post-COVID?

Speakers

David Craig, Founder, CEO and Board Member, Refinitiv

Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director, Eco-Age

Danny Sriskandarajah, Chief Executive, Oxfam GB

Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford

James Irungu Mwangi, Executive Director, Dalberg Group (Moderator)

Minute's silence to mark Remembrance Day


Meet our Inclusive Economies team


LIVE NETWORKING

Networking Break

Documentary Screenings

Earth Focus

Earth Focus is an investigative series that reports on our changing environment and how it affects people around the world. This was a collaborative production between the Thomson Reuters Foundation and KCET.

The Guardians of the Forest

Our award-winning film follows an indigenous volunteer force who risk their lives patrolling a protected area of rainforest and destroying illegal logger camps in the Brazilian Amazon.

Panel Discussion

FROM THE TC 2019 ARCHIVE

Paying the Price for Free Speech

Speakers

Jason Rezaian, Journalist, The Washington Post.

Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler

Matthew Caruana Galizia, Investigative Journalist

Natalia Morari, Co-Founder, TV8

Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders (Moderator)

Meet our TrustLaw team


Speaker Spotlight

FROM THE TC 2019 ARCHIVE

GeumHyok Kim, Media Freedom Activist

LIVE KEYNOTE

How will media organisations survive financially after the pandemic?

Speaker

Anya Schiffrin, Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialisation at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

LIVE PANEL

Countering the ‘COVID-Crackdown’: How do we address the pandemic’s impact on media freedom?

Speakers

Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Rana Ayyub, Global Opinions Writer, Washington Post

Patricia Campos Mello, Journalist, Folha de S.Paulo

Meera Selva, Director, the Journalist Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (Moderator)

LIVE BREAKOUT SESSION

Proxy Wars: The role of trust in building sustainable African media

Are African democracies under siege using the media as a proxy? Our panel discusses threats to media that are specific to their country or region, identifying major attacks on trust, revenue, and freedom of expression, and proposing creative solutions.

Speakers

Khadija Patel, Investigative Journalist and Vice Chair, International Press Institute

Ruona Meyer, Investigative Journalist

Mercy Adhiambo, Feature Writer, The Standard

Christine Mungai, Journalist and Curator, Baraza Media Lab

Mahlatse Mahlase, Group Editor-in-Chief, Eyewitness News (Moderator)

Speaker Spotlights

FROM THE TC 2019 ARCHIVE

Ferkat Jawdat, Uyghur-American Activist and Software Engineer

Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths

Clare Melford, Co-Founder, Global Disinformation Index

Blake Howald, Manager of Data Science, Thomson Reuters Special Services

Dia Kayyali, Program Manager, Tech+Advocacy, WITNESS

LIVE NETWORKING

Networking Break

Meet our Media Development team


Panel Discussion

FROM THE TC 2019 ARCHIVE

Civil Liberties Under Attack: Protecting Privacy and Freedom of Expression

Speakers

Glen Weyl, Founder, RadicalxChange

Jacquelyn MacLennan, Head of Global Pro Bono Practice, White & Case LLP

Martin Tisné, Managing Director, Luminate

Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute (Moderator)

LIVE PANEL

What are the consequences of 2020’s surging reliance on technology for societies – and democracy?

Speakers

Alice Munyua, Director, Innovation and Public Policy, Africa at Mozilla

Renée DiResta, Technical Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory

Safiya Noble, Associate Professor at UCLA and Author of ‘Algorithms of Oppression’

Urvashi Aneja, Founding Director, Tandem Research

Antonio Zappulla, Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation (Moderator)

Closing Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

LIVE NETWORKING

Networking Break

2020 Speakers

  • Alice Munyua

    Director Innovation and Public Policy, Africa at Mozilla

  • Antonio Zappulla

    Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Anya Schiffrin

    Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialisation at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

  • Christine Mungai

    Journalist and Curator, Baraza Media Lab

  • Danny Sriskandarajah

    Chief Executive, Oxfam GB

  • David Craig

    Chief Executive Officer, Refinitiv

  • Ian Goldin

    Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford

  • James Irungu Mwangi

    Executive Director, Dalberg Group

  • Joel Simon

    Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

  • Khadija Patel

    Investigative Journalist and Vice Chair, International Press Institute

  • Livia Firth

    Creative Director, Eco Age Limited

  • Mahlatse Mahlase

    Group Editor-in-Chief, Eyewitness News

  • Meera Selva

    Director, the Journalist Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

  • Mercy Adhiambo

    Feature Writer, The Standard

  • Muhammad Yunus

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2006 and Founder, Grameen Bank

  • Patrícia Campos Mello

    Journalist, Folha de S.Paulo

  • Rana Ayyub

    Global Opinions Writer, Washington Post

  • Renée DiResta

    Technical Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory

  • Ruona Meyer

    Investigative Journalist

  • Safiya Noble

    Associate Professor at UCLA and Author of ‘Algorithms of Oppression’

  • Steve Hasker

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters

  • Urvashi Aneja

    Co-Founder and Director, Tandem Research

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