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RightsCon Toronto 2018, May 16-18 2018, brought to you by Access Now
 

Access Now is excited to bring you the seventh RightsCon, the world’s leading event on human rights in the digital age. Together we are tackling some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and digital technology. You can learn more about our past conferences here.

This year’s program will focus on areas of critical importance:


































RightsCon Toronto 2018

We arebringing togetherbusiness leaders, policy makers, general counsels, government representatives, technologists, and human rights defenders from around the world to break down silos, create partnerships, and drive large-scale, real-world change toward a more free, open, and connected world. You can learn more about our expansive community here.

Voices from RightsCon

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Bahraini human rights activist

Alexander De Croo

Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker

Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla

Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation

Salil Shetty

Salil Shetty

Secretary General at Amnesty International

Nanjira Sambuli

Nanjira Sambuli

Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

Board Member at the Freedom of the Press Foundation

Cindy Cohn

Cindy Cohn

Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Colin Crowell

Colin Crowell

Vice President of Global Public Policy, Twitter

Göran Marby

Göran Marby

CEO and President of ICANN

Frank William La Rue

Frank William La Rue

ADG for Communication and Information, UNESCO

Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert

Director of the Citizen Lab, author, and founder of Psiphon

Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

Global Connectivity Policy Manager, Facebook

Alex Walden

Alex Walden

Counsel, Free Expression and Human Rights, Google

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director of Ranking Digital Rights

Japleen Prasicha

Japleen Prasicha

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Feminism In India

Carolina Botera

Carolina Botera

CEO, Fundación Karisma

Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontières

Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos

Director of the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio

Pastora Valero

Pastora Valero

Vice President, Government Affairs, Cisco

David Kaye

David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf

Board Trustee for the Internet Society (ISOC)

Every year, RightsCon gathers hundreds of speakers across 200+ sessions. Please stay tuned for speaker announcements.

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THE RIGHTSCON COMMUNITY: AFFILIATED EVENTS

To complement our official programming, Access Now partners with other organizations to host relevant, topical satellite events both before and after RightsCon. Here’s a look at the other events we partnered with:

Iran Cyber Dialogue
Hosted by ASL19, the Iran Cyber Dialogue (ICD) is an annual conference to strengthen the global community working towards improved online access to information in Iran.
Hosted by ALDE at the European Parliament, this event sought to bridge the gap between foreign policy experts and tech experts in order to inform a values-based digital foreign policy.The open internet is not limited by geographical borders, and new technologies have a clear impact on foreign policy: issues such as cybersecurity, internet governance, digital trade and digital rights are becoming central to the work of any diplomat. Net neutrality discussions are crucial for achieving sustainable developments goals such as getting the next billion people in the Global South online. When governments throttle access to the internet, they violate freedom of expression on a large scale. A regulation to review the EU's dual use regime is a tool to protect human rights defenders abroad. Yet the worlds of foreign policy experts and technology experts can still seem disconnected.
This full-day event hosted by Access Now, Sinar Project, and NetMission.Asia was designed to educate and engage youth in policy and advocacy discussions around digital rights.
 

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