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Thank you RightsCon Toronto, and hello RightsCon Tunis 2019!

We are so honored to have gathered 2,500 members of our community together in one place, and we encourage you all to share your highlights with us here. Stay tuned for more updates about next year's event, and feel free to use the resources below to relive all the best moments from RightsCon Toronto.

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

 

 

 

 

Access Now welcomes you to RightsCon Toronto 2018, the seventh event in the RightsCon Summit Series. As the world’s leading conference on human rights in the digital age, we bring together business leaders, policy makers, general counsels, government representatives, technologists, and human rights defenders from around the world to tackle pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and digital technology. This is where our community comes together to break down silos, forge partnerships, and drive large-scale, real-world change toward a more free, open, and connected world. Learn more about our community and who attended RightsCon Toronto.

 

RIGHTSCON TORONTO SPEAKERS

Every year, RightsCon gathers hundreds of speakers across 450+ sessions. You can see the full list of this year's 1,000+ speakers here.


Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman

CEO and Co-founder, Reddit

Kathy Brown

Kathy Brown

President and CEO of ISOC

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker

Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla

Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation

Nathaniel Gleicher

Nathaniel Gleicher

Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook

Steve Crown

Steve Crown

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft

Mélanie Joly

Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Goverment

Alix Dunn

Alix Dunn

Executive Director, the Engine Room

Nanjira Sambuli

Nanjira Sambuli

Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation

Kathryn Hume

Kathryn Hume

Vice President Product & Strategy for integrate.ai

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Chair, CNIL (French Data Protection Authority)

Ahmad Primo

Ahmad Primo

Founder, Verify-Sy

Harlem Désir

Harlem Désir

Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE

Matt Chessen

Matt Chessen

Senior Technology Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of State

Alp Toker

Alp Toker

Executive Director, Turkey Blocks

Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontières

Michael Geist

Michael Geist

Professor, University of Ottawa

Edward Santow

Edward Santow

Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission

Matthew Prince

Matthew Prince

Co-Founder & CEO, CloudFlare

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

Daphne Keller

Daphne Keller

Intermediary Liability Director, Stanford Center for Internet & Society

Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

Global Connectivity Policy Manager, Facebook

Jim Halloran

Jim Halloran

Chief Digital Officer, GLAAD

Sunita Bose

Sunita Bose

Head of Policy & Global Brand, Change.org

Melody Patry

Melody Patry

Advocacy Director at Access Now

Heather Leson

Heather Leson

Data Literacy Lead, ICRC

Waqas Naeem

Waqas Naeem

Project Manager, Media Matters for Democracy

Jackeline Stewart

Jackeline Stewart

Vice President, Spitfire Strategies

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director of Ranking Digital Rights

Fatema Ahmad

Fatema Ahmad

Deputy Director, Muslim Justice League

Mario Oetheimer

Mario Oetheimer

Head of Sector Information Society, Privacy and Data Protection, EU FRA

Amie Stepanovich

Amie Stepanovich

U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now

Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert

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

Ei Myat Noe Khin

Ei Myat Noe Khin

Digital Rights Program Manager, Phandeeyar

Melissa Tidwell

Melissa Tidwell

Vice President & General Counsel, Reddit

Michael R. Nelson

Michael R. Nelson

Public Policy, Cloudflare

Priyanka Chaudhuri

Priyanka Chaudhuri

Counsel, SFLC.in

Hillary Hartley

Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital Officer, Province of Ontario

Mark Graham

Mark Graham

Director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

Daniel Therrien

Daniel Therrien

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Carmelyn Malalis

Carmelyn Malalis

Chair and Commissioner, NY City Commission on Human Rights

Judith Hellerstein

Judith Hellerstein

Chair of the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program, ICANN

Tara Denham

Tara Denham

Director, Democracy Unit, Global Affairs Canada

Brenda Wambui

Brenda Wambui

Host and Executive Producer, Otherwise? Podcast

Jac sm Kee

Jac sm Kee

Women's Rights Programme Manager, APC

Alex Walden

Alex Walden

Counsel, Free Expression and Human Rights, Google

Pierre Gentile

Pierre Gentile

Head of Protection Division, ICRC

Arnaud Castaignet

Arnaud Castaignet

Head of Public Relations, e-Residency, Republic of Estonia

Renu Mandhane

Renu Mandhane

Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights of Ontario

Cindy Cohn

Cindy Cohn

Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe

Director of Global Affairs, Human Rights Watch

Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake

Whistleblower

Eva Galperin

Eva Galperin

Director of Cybersecurity, EFF

Milton Mueller

Milton Mueller

Professor, Georgia Tech School of Public Policy

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Bahraini human rights activist

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Director of Global Issues and Research, Amnesty International

Craig Silverman

Craig Silverman

Media Editor, Buzzfeed News

Scott Busby

Scott Busby

Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State

Kristin Antin

Kristin Antin

Director of Programmes, HURIDOCS

Jen Castro

Jen Castro

Program Coordinator, Digital Democracy

Ryan Dochuk

Ryan Dochuk

CEO, TunnelBear

Camille Francois

Camille Francois

Affiliate, Harvard Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society

Laura Okkonen

Laura Okkonen

Head of Human Rights at Nokia

Ramy Raoof

Ramy Raoof

Technologist and Privacy Researcher

Nushin Sarkarati

Nushin Sarkarati

Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability

Cathleen Berger

Cathleen Berger

Global Engagement Lead, Mozilla

Pedro Vilanova

Pedro Vilanova

Co-Founder, Operação Serenata de Amor

Andrew Hudson

Andrew Hudson

Crisis Action, CEO

Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta

Executive Director at Point of View

Michael Posner

Michael Posner

Director of NYU Stern Center for Business & Human Rights

Mark Buell

Mark Buell

Regional Bureau Director, Internet Society

Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown

Global Policy Advocacy Lead, APC

Jason Kint

Jason Kint

CEO, Digital Content Next

Roman Dobrokhotov

Roman Dobrokhotov

Editor-in-Chief, The Insider

Leigh Honeywell

Leigh Honeywell

CEO, Hypatia

Nicole Karlebach

Nicole Karlebach

Global Head, Business and Human Rights at Oath

Fred Carter

Fred Carter

Senior Policy & Technology Advisor, Privacy Commissioner

Laura Tribe

Laura Tribe

Executive Director, OpenMedia

Deji Bryce Olukotun

Deji Bryce Olukotun

Head of Social Impact, Sonos

Bassem Awad

Bassem Awad

Deputy Director for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation, CIGI

Alexis Dorais-Joncas

Alexis Dorais-Joncas

Security Intelligence Team Lead, ESET

Mark Surman

Mark Surman

Executive Director at the Mozilla Foundation

Robert Guerra

Robert Guerra

CEO, Privaterra

Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos

Director of the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio

Wu Min Hsuan (ttcat)

Wu Min Hsuan (ttcat)

Deputy CEO, Open Culture Foundation

Frederike Kaltheuner

Frederike Kaltheuner

Data Exploitation Programme Lead, Privacy International

Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet

Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet

Director of Communication and Information Management, ICRC

Fabrice Houdart

Fabrice Houdart

Human Rights Officer, United Nations

Courtney C. Radsch

Courtney C. Radsch

Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Lorena Jaume-Palasi

Lorena Jaume-Palasi

Founder & Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch

Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell

Director, Digital Safety & Privacy, Tactical Tech

An Xiao Mina

An Xiao Mina

Director of Product, Meedan

Elinor Buxton

Elinor Buxton

Deputy Head, EU & International Data at Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Alissa Starzak

Alissa Starzak

Head of Public Policy at Cloudflare

Francisco Brito Cruz

Francisco Brito Cruz

Director, InternetLab

David Kaye

David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Iryna Chulivska

Iryna Chulivska

Executive Director, Digital Security Lab Ukraine

George Conard

George Conard

Product Manager, Jigsaw (Google)

Mira Milosevic

Mira Milosevic

Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development

Chenai Chair

Chenai Chair

Researcher, Research ICT Africa

Kevin Bankston

Kevin Bankston

Director of the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America

Ruurd Oosterwoud

Ruurd Oosterwoud

Founder, DROG

Jen Castro

Jen Castro

Program Director, Digital Democracy

Fen Osler Hampson

Fen Osler Hampson

Director of Global Security Research, CIGI

Laura Bacon

Laura Bacon

Principal, Omidyar Network

Natasha Jackson

Natasha Jackson

Head of Public Policy and Consumer Affairs, GSMA

Andrew Hudson

Andrew Hudson

Executive Director, Crisis Action

Maryant Fernandez Perez

Maryant Fernandez Perez

Senior Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights (EDRi)

Anahi Ayala Iacucci

Anahi Ayala Iacucci

Senior Humanitarian Director, Internews

Tarah Wheeler

Tarah Wheeler

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow, New America; Author, "Women In Tech"

Ursula Wynhoven

Ursula Wynhoven

Representative to the United Nations, ITU

Rohini Lakshané

Rohini Lakshané

Director of Emerging Research, The Bachchao Project

Hans de Zwart

Hans de Zwart

Executive Director, Bits of Freedom

Ann Cavoukian

Ann Cavoukian

Former Three-Term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Anowa Quarcoo

Anowa Quarcoo

Co-founder, Civic Tech Toronto

Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

Cryptographer, privacy specialist, and writer

Sanja Kelly

Sanja Kelly

Freedom on the Net Director, Freedom House

Sarah Moulton

Sarah Moulton

Senior Technology Innovation Analyst, National Democratic Institute

Luca Belli

Luca Belli

Head of Internet Governance, FGV

Arthur Gwagwa

Arthur Gwagwa

Senior Research Fellow, Strathmore University (CIPIT)

Gabe Sawhney

Gabe Sawhney

Executive Director, Code for Canada

Sarah Saska

Sarah Saska

CEO of Feminuity

Jen Ellis

Jen Ellis

Vice President of Community and Public Affairs at Rapid7

Judith Lichtenberg

Judith Lichtenberg

Executive Director at Global Network Initiative

Stavroula Maglavera

Stavroula Maglavera

Research Engineer, University of Thessaly

Bertrand De La Chapelle

Bertrand De La Chapelle

Executive Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Jan Gerlach

Jan Gerlach

Public Policy Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

Gawain Morrison

Gawain Morrison

CEO and Founder, Sensum

María Paz Canales

María Paz Canales

Executive Director, Derechos Digitales

Abby Vollmer

Abby Vollmer

Policy Network Manager at GitHub

Kyung-sin Park

Kyung-sin Park

Director, Open Net Korea

Dia Kayyali

Dia Kayyali

Program Manager, Tech+Advocacy, WITNESS

Carolina Botero

Carolina Botero

Director, Fundacion Karisma

Joana Varon

Joana Varon

Founder and Director, Coding Rights

Toby Mendel

Toby Mendel

Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy

Sean Brooks

Sean Brooks

Research Fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

Jutta Treviranus

Jutta Treviranus

Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre

Brett Solomon

Brett Solomon

Executive Director and Co-founder, Access Now

Zahra Ebrahim

Zahra Ebrahim

Co-Lead, Doblin Canada

Trinh Nguyen

Trinh Nguyen

Digital Advocacy Director, Viet Tan

Alexa Koenig

Alexa Koenig

Executive Directly, Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley

Caroline Giraud

Caroline Giraud

Independent Consultant

Jon Penney

Jon Penney

Professor, Dalhousie University; Research Fellow, Citizen Lab

Mary Bridger

Mary Bridger

Head of Operations and Engagement for Equal Measures 2030

Michele Mosca

Michele Mosca

Co-founder, President, and CEO, evolutionQ Inc.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski

Wojciech Wiewiórowski

Assistant Supervisor at the European Data Protection Supervisor

Anika Verma

Anika Verma

Senior Manager - Media Campaign, Breakthrough India

Eric Meerkamper

Eric Meerkamper

Global Head, Citizen Engagement, RIWI Corp.

David Fewer

David Fewer

Director, Samuelson-Glushko CIPPIC

Asomiddin Atoev

Asomiddin Atoev

Project Coordinator, Public Fund Canadian International Innovation Program

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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:

Young Leader Summit
Iran Cyber Dialogue

The RightsCon Young Leaders Summit brings together students and young professionals for a one-day workshop at the Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place on May 15, 2017. The program invests in and empowers young people to join policy and advocacy discussions around human rights in the digital age. Led by leaders of the digital rights community, the workshop engages participants on advocacy, policy making, and movement building for a wide range of emerging issues, such as data protection and privacy, network discrimination and connectivity, digital security, diversity and digital inclusion, artificial intelligence and algorithmic accountability, and more. After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to attend official RightsCon Toronto programming on May 16-18, 2018, with the opportunity to lead their own lightning talks.
Continuing Legal Education workshop
CLE

Access Now is excited to offer its first RightsCon CLE and CPD Credit Bearing Course “Ethical Duties in the Digital Age: Encryption Done Dirt Cheap.” Come to our workshop on May 18, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and participate in an interactive workshop on data security strategies to help lawyers protect confidential information.

This course is CPD accredited by the Law Society of Ontario and CLE approved by the California State Bar. NY State Attorneys will receive CLE credits through the NYSBA Approved Jurisdiction policy.
What next for social movements?
CLE

Hosted by Just Net Coalition (JNC), the event Contending with the digital horizon – What next for social movements? for Day 0 of RightsCon will attempt to broker this dialogue by convening a space for representatives of social movements (focussed on social, economic and cultural rights) to speak from their situated experiences and emerging insights about the so called ‘digital revolution’. These exchanges and interactions we believe can help in exploring how individual and group and collective rights movements can work together for data and digital justice.
 

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