Accessing the platform
The 10th anniversary edition of RightsCon is happening next week (June 7-11, 2021) and the RightsCon platform is now open for participants to login, explore, and start building their personalized program schedules ahead of the summit. Not registered? Stay tuned for updates on how to engage via our newsletter, the RightsCon Rundown.
Frequently asked questions
RightsCon 2021 will be hosted on our platform from Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 11, 2021. It will be held entirely online, across all time zones.
RightsCon 2021 will take place on a tailored platform, built specifically for us by TechChange. Within the RightsCon platform, you’ll have access to a range of session formats, as well as spaces for connecting and socializing. As you can imagine, there are a lot of different additional software and tools we used to make sure that RightsCon runs smoothly! Below we’re listing the different external facing services that we use, and in some instances, highlighting restrictions they may have:
- Zoom (restrictions)
- Microsoft Teams (for ceremonies and fireside chats only)
- Social Hour
- Vimeo (unfortunately, in some countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China to name a few – Vimeo is blocked and inaccessible).
Where possible and on a request basis, we have provided session organizers with an alternative, in the case that the use of Zoom poses a security risk. These are the spaces and places where rightscon will take place - if you receive a request outside of these or from a platform that seems unfamiliar, please let our team know via the Help Desk or [email protected] and we can double check!
The full program schedule for RightsCon (June 7-11, 2021) is available to all registered participants on the RightsCon platform.
RightsCon 2021 will span multiple time zones, with both live and asynchronous content, so you'll be able to join from wherever you are.
When you login to the RightsCon 2021 platform, you’ll be able to customize your time zone, so you can navigate and engage based on where you’re located.
Requiring registration and closing it before RightsCon begins allows us to build and maintain safe and productive spaces for engaging on human rights in the digital age. It also ensures we can open the platform early for participants to explore the agenda and build their personal schedule. The platform will open on June 1, 2021.
We require all session organizers and speakers to be registered for RightsCon. If you missed the deadline, send us an email at [email protected]
Our team is taking a number of steps to ensure RightsCon 2021 is accessible, including: scheduling programming across time zones, providing lower bandwidth options for engagement, and uploading pre-recorded content that allows for flexible and asynchronous participation.
We are undertaking a full accessibility audit and optimization plan for the online platform, we’re also exploring closed caption options for our Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and other featured sessions. We will keep the community updated as we take these steps.
If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]
If you have concerns or considerations that may impact your involvement in RightsCon 2021, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any questions you may have.
As always, whether in person or online, creating a safe space for participants remains our top priority. You can read more about our approach in our latest blog post on convening safe, productive, and inclusives spaces.
Introduced last year, our Connectivity Fund provides direct financial support to session organizers, speakers, and participants who need support in the form of additional bandwidth or increased connectivity to effectively participate during RightsCon 2021. Applications for The Connectivity Fund are now closed.
Access Now works with a Program Committee to review the Call for Proposals. Every year, we invite leaders and advocates from around the world to chair the Program Committee and help us select proposals based on our core evaluation criteria (relevant, actionable, original, diverse, and participatory). We also look holistically across categories and take other factors into account in order to create the strongest and most inclusive program possible.
If you’re interested in contributing to the RightsCon 2022 Program Committee, contact our team at [email protected].