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Access Now is proud to bring you the sixth installment of RightsCon, the world’s leading event on the future of the internet. Together we are shaping the global conversation about how to keep the internet open, free, and secure.

AtRightsCon Silicon Valley 2016, we brought together more than 1,100 attendees from 84 countries and more than 500 organizations. This upcoming Spring 2017 in Brussels, Belgium we’re gathering the global digital rights community in the heart of European politics and policymaking to host our most impactful RightsCon yet.

Together at RightsCon Brussels 2017, we’ll tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of technology and human rights. If you have an idea for something you’d like to see happening there,tell us about it!


Tickets get you full access to three full days of program and Demo Room sessions, complimentary meals, beverages, parties and social events, and much more.

Discounts: We offer discounts to program session organizers, speakers, and participants attending from the Global South. The ticket price should not prohibit your attendance, so please contact [email protected]if you would like to request a discount, or have a question about who qualifies. For more information, please see ourticket policyand ourtravel support policy.

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RightsCon Brussels 2017 confirmed speakers include: (with many more to come!)

Jan Philipp Albrecht - Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair on Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Mitchell Baker - Executive Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation
Dan Bross - Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft
Nighat Dad - Founder and Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan, and TIME Next Generation Leader
Ron Deibert - Director of the Citizen Lab and founder of Psiphon, one of the world’s leading digital censorship circumvention services
Eileen Donahoe - Former Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin - Chairman of CNIL, and Chairman of the Art. 29 Working Party
Jameel Jaffer - Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, former Deputy Legal Director, ACLU
Věra Jourová - EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, former Czech Minister for Regional Development
David Kaye - UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Constanze Kurz - computer scientist, non-fiction writer and spokeswoman for the Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
Joe McNamee - Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of privacy and digital rights organisations across Europe
Dunja Mijatović - OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Paul Nemitz - Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship, European Commission
Viviane Reding - Member of the European Parliament, and former Vice-President of the European Commission
Frank La Rue - Labor and human rights law expert, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Marietje Schaake - Member of European Parliament, ALDE Coordinator of the International Trade Committee, and VP of the US relations delegation
Bruce Schneier - Internationally renowned security technologist, cryptographer, privacy specialist, and author of 13 books
Max Schrems - Lawyer, author, and privacy activist responsible for Europe vs. Facebook
Amie Stepanovich - U.S. Policy Manager at Access Now
Katarzyna Szymielewicz - President and co-founder of Panoptykon Foundation, board member of EDRi and Tactical Technology Collective
Sophie in’t Veld - Member of the European Parliament, and Vice-President of the EU Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights
Jillian York - Director for International Freedom of Expression Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Hans de Zwart - Executive Director of Bits of Freedom, fighting for freedom of communication and privacy on the internet


To complement our official programming, Access Now partners with other organizations to host relevant, topical satellite events both before and after RightsCon. Interested in having your satellite events at RightsCon 2017? Let us know! Here’s a look at what's happened before:

Iran Cyber Dialogue (ICD) is annual conference to strengthen the global community working towards improved online access to information in Iran. Hosts: ASL19 - When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The debate over encryption is central to the future of privacy and security online. Our first Crypto Summit in July 2015 framed the debate, identifying the key challenges and opportunities. At Crypto Summit 2.0., we worked together to find real-world solutions. Hosts: Access Now - When: March 30, 2016
This Responsible Data forum looked to build upon the ethical, privacy and security challenges posed by the use of new & emerging data sets and new technologies in human rights documentation. Hosts: Human Rights Outreach Associate - When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
This two-day satellite event convened participants from around the world to draft The Manila Principles. Hosted by: EFF, Article 19, Center for Internet and Society - India, KICTANET, ADC, and Derechos Digitales, Open Net Korea - When: 22-23 March 2015

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