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Access Now invites 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.


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RIGHTSCON TORONTO SPEAKERS

Meet some of our 2018 speakers


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

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

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

Member of European Parliament

Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontières

Michael Geist

Michael Geist

Professor, University of Ottawa

Japleen Prasicha

Japleen Prasicha

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Feminism In India

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

Alexander Dirksen

Alexander Dirksen

Manager, Strategy and Engagement, First Nations Technology Council

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

Heather Leson

Heather Leson

Data Literacy Lead, ICRC

Melody Patry

Melody Patry

Advocacy Director at Access Now

Waqas Naeem

Waqas Naeem

Project Manager, Media Matters for Democracy

Jackeline Steward

Jackeline Steward

Spitfire Strategies

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director of Ranking Digital Rights

Rachel Racusen

Rachel Racusen

Director of Communications for Snap

Fatema Ahmad

Fatema Ahmad

Deputy Director, Muslim Justice League

Ei Myat Noe Khin

Ei Myat Noe Khin

Digital Rights Program Manager, Phandeeyar

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

Mark Graham

Mark Graham

Director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

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

Tara Denham

Tara Denham

Director, Democracy Unit, Global Affairs Canada

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

Jac sm Kee

Jac sm Kee

Women's Rights Programme Manager, APC

Brenda Wambui

Brenda Wambui

Host and Executive Producer, Otherwise? Podcast

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

Milton Mueller

Milton Mueller

Professor, Georgia Tech School of Public Policy

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Director of Global Issues and Research, Amnesty International

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Bahraini human rights activist

Craig Silverman

Craig Silverman

Media Editor, Buzzfeed News

Ihsaan Gardee

Ihsaan Gardee

Executive Director, National Council of Canadian Muslims

Camille Francois

Camille Francois

Affiliate, Harvard Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society

Ryan Dochuk

Ryan Dochuk

CEO, TunnelBear

Laura Okkonen

Laura Okkonen

Head of Human Rights at Nokia

Nushin Sarkarati

Nushin Sarkarati

Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability

Pedro Vilanova

Pedro Vilanova

Co-Founder, Operação Serenata de Amor

Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta

Executive Director at Point of View

Michael Posner

Michael Posner

Director of NYU Stern Center for Business & Human Rights

Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown

Global Policy Advocacy Lead, APC

Jason Kint

Jason Kint

CEO, Digital Content Next

Nicole Karlebach

Nicole Karlebach

Global Head, Business and Human Rights at Oath

Laura Tribe

Laura Tribe

Executive Director, OpenMedia

Deji Bryce Olukotun

Deji Bryce Olukotun

Head of Social Impact, Sonos

Mark Surman

Mark Surman

Executive Director at the Mozilla Foundation

Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos

Director of the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio

Frederike Kaltheuner

Frederike Kaltheuner

Data Exploitation Programme Lead, Privacy International

Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet

Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet

Director of Communication and Information Management, ICRC

Theresa Swinehart

Theresa Swinehart

Senior Vice President, ICANN

Courtney C. Radsch

Courtney C. Radsch

Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

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

Julie Brill

Julie Brill

Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft

Mira Milosevic

Mira Milosevic

Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development

Kevin Bankston

Kevin Bankston

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

Fen Osler Hampson

Fen Osler Hampson

Director of Global Security Research, CIGI

Jen Castro

Jen Castro

Program Director, Digital Democracy

Maryant Fernandez Perez

Maryant Fernandez Perez

Senior Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights (EDRi)

Tarah Wheeler

Tarah Wheeler

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

Hans de Zwart

Hans de Zwart

Executive Director, Bits of Freedom

Ann Cavoukian

Ann Cavoukian

Former Three-Term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Gabe Sawhney

Gabe Sawhney

Executive Director, Code for Canada

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

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

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

Sean Brooks

Sean Brooks

Research Fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

Toby Mendel

Toby Mendel

Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy

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

Guy Berger

Guy Berger

Dir. Freedom of Expression & Media Development. UNESCO

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.

Every year, RightsCon gathers hundreds of speakers across 450+ sessions. We'll continue to announce more speakers, so check back!

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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.
Tech and Foreign Policy - Bridging the Gap
Iran Cyber Dialogue

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.
 

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