RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age.

Logo: RightsCon 2021 - celebrating the 10th anniversary, brought to you by Access Now

Every year, we bring together business leaders, human rights defenders, government representatives, technologists, and journalists from around the world to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and technology.

The 10th Anniversary of RightsCon was held from Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 11, 2021.


Thank you for the biggest RightsCon ever

This year’s summit has been the biggest and most inclusive yet — with 500+ sessions and 9,120 participants tuning in from 164 countries.

Reflecting on 10 years of RightsCon

Our Executive Director Brett Solomon’s welcome message to the community at the Opening Ceremony of RightsCon 2021.

Share your feedback

Open Spaces are a new initiative to help our community connect, form partnerships, and advance the conversation for human rights.


RightsCon 2021 Speakers

Every year, RightsCon brings together 1000+ speakers from a range of sectors and around the world. Check out the line up of business leaders, technologists, government representatives, activists, and more who joined us for our 10th anniversary summit below.

Evelyn Douek

Evelyn Douek

Lecturer and SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School

Peace Oliver Amuge

Peace Oliver Amuge

Executive Director, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)

Vijaya Gadde

Vijaya Gadde

Head of Legal, Policy, and Trust, Twitter

Zaituni Njovu

Zaituni Njovu

Executive Director, Zaina Foundation Tanzania

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Equality Labs

Kishonna Gray

Kishonna Gray

Professor, Author, "Intersectional Tech"

Prof. Changrok Soh

Prof. Changrok Soh

U.N. Human Rights Committee Member

Joan Katambi

Joan Katambi

Founder and Team Leader, Digital Literacy Initiative (DLI)

Farzaneh Badiei

Farzaneh Badiei

Director of Social Media Governance Initiative, Yale Law School

Sheetal Kumar

Sheetal Kumar

Senior Programme Lead, Global Partners Digital

Safiya Umoja Noble

Safiya Umoja Noble

Associate Professor, UCLA; Co-Founder and Co-Director, C2i2

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Steering Committee, designjustice.org

Wafa Ali Mustafa

Wafa Ali Mustafa

Syrian activist and journalist

Pamela Coke-Hamilton

Pamela Coke-Hamilton

Executive Director, International Trade Centre

Marlena Wisniak

Marlena Wisniak

Senior Advisor, AI and Human Rights, ECNL

Antonio Zappulla

Antonio Zappulla

Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Aurora Diaz-Rato Revuelta

Aurora Diaz-Rato Revuelta

Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN Office Geneva

Laura Schwartz-Henderson

Laura Schwartz-Henderson

Senior Program Officer, Global Technology, Internews

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg

Vice President of Global Affairs & Communications, Facebook

Mary Lawlor

Mary Lawlor

U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders

Katie Shay

Katie Shay

Head of Privacy Legal & Human Rights, Cisco

Jarmo Sareva

Jarmo Sareva

Ambassador for Innovation, Finland

Kristen Tcherneshoff

Kristen Tcherneshoff

Programs Director, Wikitongues

Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford

Beatriz Busaniche

Beatriz Busaniche

Director, Fundación Vía Libre

Clint Smith

Clint Smith

Chief Legal Officer, Discord

Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen

Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen

Denmark’s Tech Ambassador

Jane Horvath

Jane Horvath

Chief Privacy Officer, Apple

Zahra Stardust

Zahra Stardust

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University

Bruna Martins dos Santos

Bruna Martins dos Santos

Advocacy Coordinator, Data Privacy Brazil Research Association

Joan Donovan

Joan Donovan

Research Director of the Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Pedro Vaca

Pedro Vaca

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, IACHR

Carmen Cheung

Carmen Cheung

Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

Cameron F. Kerry

Cameron F. Kerry

Ann R. & Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Mireille Miller-Young

Mireille Miller-Young

Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, UCSB

Adeboye Adegoke

Adeboye Adegoke

Senior Program Manager, Paradigm Initiative

Jessica Ashooh

Jessica Ashooh

Director of Policy, Reddit

Jennifer Stein

Jennifer Stein

Acting Section Chief Internet Freedom, Business and HR, US DOS

Mohamad Najem

Mohamad Najem

Executive Director, SMEX

Jiz Lee

Jiz Lee

Marketing Director, Pink & White Productions

Ashley Fowler

Ashley Fowler

Technical Program Officer, Global Technology, Internews

Neema Iyer

Neema Iyer

Executive Director, Pollicy

Hadi Al Khatib

Hadi Al Khatib

Executive Director, Mnemonic; Founder, Syrian Archive

Professor Can Yeginsu

Professor Can Yeginsu

Member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

Javier Pallero

Javier Pallero

Policy Director, Access Now

Katrin Tiidenberg

Katrin Tiidenberg

Professor of Participatory Culture, Tallinn University

Supriya Sharma

Supriya Sharma

Executive Editor, Scroll.in

David R. Boyd

David R. Boyd

U.N. Special Rapporteur on the environment

Waad Al-Kateab

Waad Al-Kateab

Filmmaker, Activist, Founder of Action For Sama

Professor Kyung-Sin Park

Professor Kyung-Sin Park

Co-founder and Director of Open Net Korea

Maize Longboat

Maize Longboat

Producer, Writer, and Game Designer

Paz Peña

Paz Peña

Consultant on tech, environment, and social justice

Clément Voule

Clément Voule

U.N. Special Rapporteur Freedom of Association

Osama Manzar

Osama Manzar

Founder and Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation

Yara Sallam

Yara Sallam

Egyptian feminist and author of Even the Finest of Warriors

Mama Fatima Singhateh

Mama Fatima Singhateh

U.N Special Rapporteur on sale and exploitation of children

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman

CEO and Founder of Women at the Table

Mariam Barghouti

Mariam Barghouti

Writer; Research and Policy Analyst, Al-Shabaka

Kojo Boakye

Kojo Boakye

Director of Public Policy for Africa, Facebook

Chenie Yoon

Chenie Yoon

Head of Public Policy, Twitter Korea

Agnès Callamard

Agnès Callamard

Secretary General, Amnesty International

Emily van der Nagel

Emily van der Nagel

Lecturer in Social Media, Monash University

Micaela Mantegna

Micaela Mantegna

Lawyer specialized in video games and AI, Berkman Klein Center

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Activist, Science Fiction Author, Attack Surface

Fatema Kothari

Fatema Kothari

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Gerard Quinn

Gerard Quinn

U.N. Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

Irene Khan

Irene Khan

U.N Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion

Estelle Massé

Estelle Massé

Senior Policy Analyst, Global Data Protection Lead, Access Now

Jeppe Kofod

Jeppe Kofod

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

U.N. Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights

Jane Coffin

Jane Coffin

Senior Vice President, Internet Growth, ISOC

Colin Crowell

Colin Crowell

Former Vice President of Global Public Policy, Twitter

Xiaowei Wang

Xiaowei Wang

Creative Director, Logic Magazine

Rita Skjærvik

Rita Skjærvik

SVP Strategy & External Relations, Telenor

Lina al-Hathloul

Lina al-Hathloul

Saudi activist, sister of Loujain al-Hathloul

Sejal Parmar

Sejal Parmar

Lecturer in Law, University of Sheffield

Catherine Muya

Catherine Muya

Tech Policy Fellow, Lawyers Hub Kenya

Scott Busby

Scott Busby

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State

Burcu Kilic

Burcu Kilic

Director, Digital Rights Program, Public Citizen

Joyce Hakmeh

Joyce Hakmeh

Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

James Alkove

James Alkove

Chief Trust Officer, Salesforce

Eleanor Sarpong

Eleanor Sarpong

Deputy Director and Policy lead, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Marwa Fatafta

Marwa Fatafta

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Policy Manager, Access Now

Nat Gyenes

Nat Gyenes

Director, Digital Health Lab, Meedan

Virginia Pérez Alonso

Virginia Pérez Alonso

Director of Público

Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng

Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng

Special Rapporteur on the right to health

Mutale Nkonde

Mutale Nkonde

Leader, AI for the People

Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontières

Matthew Prince

Matthew Prince

Co-Founder & CEO, Cloudflare

Peggy Hicks

Peggy Hicks

Director, U.N. Human Rights

Melody Patry

Melody Patry

Advocacy Director, Access Now

Brett Solomon

Brett Solomon

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Access Now

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa

CEO, Rappler

Miranda Sissons

Miranda Sissons

Director of Human Rights, Facebook

Raman Jit Singh Chima

Raman Jit Singh Chima

Asia Policy Director, Senior International Counsel, Access Now

Berhan Taye

Berhan Taye

Senior Advisor, Internet Governance and Policy Global Internet Freedom

Caroline Greer

Caroline Greer

Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, TikTok

Megha Rajagopalan

Megha Rajagopalan

International Correspondent, BuzzFeed News

Lene Wendland

Lene Wendland

Head of Business & Human Rights, UN Human Rights

RightsCon 2021 Sponsors


Keep Up to Date with the RightsCon Rundown

Get our newsletter for updates on tickets, speakers, and programming.

Sign Up

RightsCon is proudly brought to you by

accessnow_logo