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Access Now is excited to invite you to RightsCon Toronto 2018, the seventh event of the RightsCon Summit Series. As the world’s leading event 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 some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and digital technology. This is a space for breaking down silos, creating partnerships, and driving large-scale, real-world change toward a more free, open, and connected world. You can learn more about our expansive community here.

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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 co-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:

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.
Iran Cyber Dialogue
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.
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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