RightsCon convenes the global community for human rights in the digital age

Hosted by Access Now, RightsCon is where the world’s business leaders, technologists, engineers, investors, activists, human rights experts, and government representatives come together to build partnerships, shape global norms, showcase new technologies, and confront the most challenging issues at the intersection of human rights and technology. More than an event, RightsCon is a global community with thousands of leading voices across stakeholder lines. 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. You can learn more about our community here here.

RightsCon’s mission is to provide a platform for community members to effect real and positive change in the world through both traditional and innovative approaches. The event’s programming is not only an arena of global, regional, and national policy debates, it is home to technologists building new tools, and advocates creating new campaigns. Conference programming is created by our participants, changes each year in response to emerging global issues, and has an an explicit focus on driving tangible outcomes. You can see highlights of our past events in cities around the world here.

Celebrating Toronto and looking forward to Tunis



RightsCon Toronto took place from Wednesday, May 16 to Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Access Now is thrilled to have brought the seventh installment of RightsCon to Canada’s largest city for RightsCon Toronto. RightsCon Toronto was our biggest and most important summit yet, with over 2500 participants. This year’s program explored pressing issues including innovation policy in Canada, free expression and protection of global journalism, gender diversity and digital inclusion, encryption and cybersecurity, and many other topics relevant to keeping the internet free, open, and secure worldwide. Revisit the program, explore outcomes, and review resources here.

In 2019, we’re excited to bring RightsCon to Africa and the Middle East for the first time, in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunisian civil society has done incredible work to build and defend a rights-respecting democracy, and Tunisians are still fighting daily to protect essential rights of privacy and freedom of speech. Hard-fought victories in Tunisia have been a beacon of hope for others across the region and the world - but there is still work left to do.

Stay tuned as we release more news about RightsCon Tunis 2019! Want more information? Download our 2-pager in English or French below.

 

Download the RightsCon two-pager in English

Download the RightsCon two-pager in French

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2019, RightsCon will be held in Tunis, Tunisia. We'll be releasing more information on the dates and venue shortly.

You can subscribe to the RightsCon Rundown for email updates on the community, submission deadlines, RightsCon Tunis, event logistics, and more here!

You can revisit the RightsCon Toronto program here.

You can find photo highlights from RightsCon Toronto here!! Make sure to use the official hashtag #RightsCon when you share on social media

Stay tuned for our RightsCon Toronto recap video!

RightsCon participants are a global community of business leaders, policy makers, general counsels, government representatives, technologists, and human rights defenders. You can see a full list of public participants for RightsCon Toronto here.

You can subscribe to the RightsCon Rundown for email updates on the community, submission deadlines, RightsCon Tunis, event logistics, and more here!

The RightsCon Code of Conduct is available here.

As of October 2017, our Code of Conduct is under active review in preparation for RightsCon Toronto 2018.

The RightsCon Summit Series is brought to you by Access Now.

Access Now is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support, we fight for open and secure communications for all.

We are a team of 40, with local staff in more than 10 locations around the world - Berlin, Brussels, Cordoba, Delhi, London, Manila, Nairobi, New York, San Jose, Tunis, and Washington DC. We maintain four legally incorporated entities - Belgium, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the United States - with our tech, advocacy, policy, granting, and operations teams distributed across all regions.

 

CONTACT US

GENERAL INFO & SPONSORSHIP

RightsCon Director Nick Dagostino and Associate Nikki Gladstone are here to help you!

PHONE

+1 888-414-0100

EMAIL

conference [at] accessnow.org
nickd [at] accessnow.org
nikki [at] accessnow.org

TWITTER


@rightscon

 
 
 

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