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


Access Now is excited to be bringing you the seventh installment of the RightsCon Summit Series, the world’s leading event on human rights in the digital age. Together we are tackling some of the most pressing challenges impacting human rights and digital technologies.

RightsCon Toronto (May 16-18, 2018) will bring together 2,000+ participants. This year’s program will tackle many issues of critical importance:

Connectivity & Network Neutrality

Smart Cities & the Internet of Things

Artificial Intelligence & Algorithmic Accountability

Government Hacking, Elections, & the Surveillance State

Freedom of Expression & Internet Shutdowns

Fake News, Content Filtering, & Hate Speech

Privacy & Data Protection

Global Journalism & the Future of Online Media

Diversity & Digital Inclusion

Encryption, Digital Security, & Usability

Business Transparency & Accountability

Innovation, Copyright, Trade, & more...

RightsCon is a unique space that brings together business leaders from information and communication technology companies, government representatives, technologists, lawyers, and civil society globally to build strategies, highlight emerging voices, and showcase new technologies and initiatives.

Our most recent event, RightsCon Brussels 2017, brought together 1,518 participants from 105 countries, with representatives from 700+ organizations, tech companies, governments, universities, and startups. From March 29-31, 2017, in Brussels, Belgium, we gathered in the heart of European policymaking for one the most impactful RightsCon yet.

For more information on Brussels, please see the Outcomes Report. You can also see the archived program here!.

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RightsCon Brussels 2017 Highlights

For more photo highlights, see our Flickr Album (Photo credit: Massimo Municchi). Watch all recorded sessions from RightsCon Brussels here.


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 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 was designed to educate and engage youth in policy and advocacy discussions around digital rights. Hosts: Access Now, Sinar Project, NetMission.Asia - When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
This Satellite Session was fashioned as an intervention into ongoing advocacy, research, and practical support efforts, and seeks to interrogate a wide range of possible framings of online harassment. Hosts: Tactical Tech - When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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