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.

In 2015, we held RightsCon in Manila, showcasing the remarkable work being done in the region. You can check out highlights from the Southeast Asia conference here.

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.

Contact Us

General Info & Sponsorship

Our RightCon Coordinator Nick Dagostino is here to help you out!

+1 888 414 0100
nickd [at] accessnow.org

Press Inquiries

Let us know if you need media information or our media kit!

press [at] accessnow.org

Deji Olukotun
deji [at] accessnow.org
+1 (415) 935-4572

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