RightsCon is the world's leading event convened around the issues of internet and human rights.
Hosted by Access Now, RightsCon is where the world’s human rights experts, business leaders, technologists, engineers, investors, activists, and government representatives come together to share ideas, build strategies, showcase new technologies, and create tomorrow’s internet. It is an energizing reminder of the existence of a powerful global digital rights community that is determined to defend human rights and keep the internet open and free.
Convened in locations that are power centers for the internet, RightsCon has begun rotating each year around the world to various global cities. Importantly, our conference programming is shaped by our participants, with an an explicit focus on driving to the outcomes they define. Our goal is to ensure that the RightsCon community affects real and positive change in the world. In March of 2017, we had more than 250 community-led, groundbreaking sessions at RightsCon Brussels. You can find the sessions in our official program.
In 2018, RightsCon will be hosted in Toronto, Canada. To get updates on RightsCon Toronto, be sure to sign up to our newsletter for updates.RightsCon Brussels Program
The first RightsCon took place in Silicon Valley in 2011, and the second, regionally focused conference in Rio in 2012. Both events were sold out, with more than 400 opinion leaders from across the sector and the world attending.
In 2014, we headed back to Silicon Valley, and for the first time, opened up conference programming to the experts: our participants. The product was a stellar program which featured 120 distinct sessions over a period of three days.
RightsCon Silicon Valley 2016 took place on Wednesday, March 30 to Friday, April 1, 2016 at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, hosting over 1100 participants from 500+ organizations and 84 countries.
RightsCon Brussels took place on March 29 - 31, 2017, and was our largest and most impactful event ever. With 1500 participants from 105 countries and 700+ organizations, the RightsCon community came face to face with European decision makers, impacting policies and practices that will leave a lasting impact on global human rights.
General Info & Sponsorship
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"We were able to share our perspectives on good practices, learn with our diverse audience and meet many new people focused on these issues. RightsCon provided an excellent forum for this discussion and we’re looking forward to keeping the dialogue going!"
Nicole Karlebach from Yahoo!
"What a gathering, so many people and nations represented. I'm sure it was hard work, and I hope your team is proud."
amalia deloney from Media Democracy Fund
"So often conferences are either too tightly controlled ( and thus boring) or out of control ( and thus chaotic). It’s hard to find the sweet spot in the middle but you did it. I enjoyed the sessions I was part of and saw and talked with many great people."
Mike Posner, Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics & Finance and Co-director Center for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business
"RightsCon is the most important event of the year for Meedan - no other conference manages to bring such a talented and diverse set of social tech, digital rights policy, and open internet advocacy groups together like RightsCon."
Ed Bice from Meedan
"Thank you for listening to us and facilitating connections. By organizing RightsCon and bringing together people from all over the world, you’ve helped create many future solutions."
Haben Girma, White House Champion of Change, Forbes 30 under 30 leader, and BBC Women of Africa Hero
"… a truly impressive event that clearly demonstrates how NGOs have become redoubtable players in cyberspace."
Uri Rosenthal, Dutch Special Envoy Cyberspace and Former Dutch Foreign Minister
"Having human contact between the people who run the [Silicon Valley] companies is very important and timely for most countries that are going through changes, especially those that are struggling trying to achieve democracy in regimes that are not willing to change."
Rosebell Kagumire, Uganda
"RightsCon was great. Incredibly substantive, fascinating people doing amazing things. Thanks for making it such a worthwhile trip."