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The RightsCon 2025 Call for Proposals is now open!

► Read our guide

► What's new?

► Program priorities

► Modes and formats

► Coming up next

The journey to next year's RightsCon (February 2025) officially kicks off today with the launch of the Call for Proposals! Do you have a session idea at the intersection of human rights and technology? Submit a proposal now until June 2, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Organizing a session at RightsCon offers a platform to showcase your work on a global stage, build coalitions and strategies, learn from fellow thought leaders, and shape policy agendas. You will be joining a network of business leaders, government representatives, technologists, academics, journalists, and human rights activists – the RightsCon community – who mee

Get planning! RightsCon 2025 Timeline

We’re under one year out from RightsCon 2025 (February 2025) and while our planning is well underway, we’re sharing a preview of our event timeline – from the launch of the Call for Proposals to travel support, registration and, more – so you can start getting ready to join us. You can expect our announcement on the exact dates and venue of RightsCon 2025 by early May! While our timeline for RightsCon 2025 shifted due to our transition from hosting annually in June to hosting in February, it’s also been informed by extensive research and consultation with our community and partners. Our goal was to build an event timeline that offers ample time and opportunity for participants to plan out their engagement and travel. A few key changes in line with this goal include:

  • Notifying session proposers of the status of their proposal 6 months before the event (previously 3 months);
  • Notifying travel support applicants of the status of their funding 5 months before the event (previously 2 months);
  • Sharing information about visas and launching our visa support process 8 months before the event (previously 4 months).

RightsCon 2025 timeline

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Report Back on RightsCon Community Calls: Community Input into Location Selection for RightsCon 2026

► Purpose of the calls

► Insights from the community on our current location selection process

► Getting the community involved in the process

► What’s next?

We are excited to share the last installment of report backs from our community consultation calls! (Read more about our report backs on community support, the RightsCon program, mitigating barriers to travel, and participant experience.) This report provides a summary of discussions focused on community input into location selection for RightsCon 2026. We are deeply grateful to everyone who participated, and shared their expertise and thoughtful feedback.


Purpose of the calls

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Report Back on RightsCon Community Calls: Rethinking Participant Experience

► Purpose of the calls

► Insights from the community

► What’s next?

Welcome to the fourth installment of report-backs from our community consultation calls! This report provides a summary of discussions centered around a crucial element of our summit: the participant experience. We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated, shared their experiences, expertise, and thoughtful feedback.


Purpose of the calls

On November 14 and 16, 2023, we hosted two consultation calls to reflect on and improve the RightsCon experience for both online and in-person participants. We welcomed a diverse mix of RightsCon newcomers and veterans during the calls, and invited them to share their participation highlights, challenges faced, and suggestions to enhance their experience.


Insights from the community

The feedback we received was both humbling and motivating. There was an overwhelming sentiment that RightsCon is a community-led event, acting as the connective tissue between diverse stakeholders, and a place where one can meet and learn f

Report Back on RightsCon Community Calls: Mitigating Barriers to Travel

► Purpose of the calls

► Anticipating challenges

► Insights from the community

► What’s next?

We are excited to share the third installment of report backs from our community consultation calls! (Read more about our report backs on community support and the RightsCon program) This report provides a summary of discussions focused on mitigating barriers to travel to RightsCon. We are deeply grateful to members of the RightsCon community who generously shared their experiences and insights to inform our planning for RightsCon South Korea.


Purpose of the calls

In the open letter we published in August 2023, we reflected on our responsibility as event organizers to anticipate and work to mitigate the barri

Report Back on RightsCon Community Calls: Rethinking the RightsCon Program

► Purpose of the calls

► Insights from the community

► Restructuring the Call For Proposals process and timeline

► What’s next?

We’re back to share the second installment of report backs from our community consultation calls! This report provides a summary of the discussions focused on the Call for Proposals, the program timeline, session modes, structure, and size. A huge thank you to the members of our community who took time out of their busy schedules to engage with us on our mission to build a better RightsCon.


Purpose of the calls

Between October 17 and November 9, we hosted a series of six consultation calls with session organizers. We collectively assessed elements of the RightsCon program design, such as the Call for Proposals timeline, decision-making procedures, program structure and size, and the execution of session formats. The calls were organized based on session modes (hybrid, online, and i

Report Back on RightsCon Community Calls: Community Support

► Purpose of the calls

► Our existing community support model

► Insights from the community

► What’s next?

Today we are excited to share the first in a series of upcoming reports from our community consultation calls, as part of our commitment to increasing transparency and incorporating community input into the redesign of RightsCon’s core elements. This initial report provides a summary of the discussions focused on community support. We are grateful to the members of the community who took time out of their day to join the calls and share their insights with us.


Purpose of the calls

On October 24 and 25, we hosted two community consultation calls with the goal of evaluating our current community support model, and gathering valuable feedback on how to refine our support mechanisms to better meet the needs of our growing community.


We’re headed to South Korea: the when, where, and why of our next convening

► Our announcement: South Korea 2025 and Africa 2026

► A longer lead time: why we’re extending the RightsCon cycle

► Selecting a RightsCon location: why Asia Pacific and why South Korea

► Looking ahead to Africa for RightsCon 2026

► Join our community consultations

Today we’re excited to announce that the 13th edition of the RightsCon Summit Series will be held in South Korea and online in February 2025! We believe South Korea is uniquely suited to host our first summit in East Asia, and to welcome our community from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Given its vibrant civil society, democratic heritage, and prominence as a global hub for innovation with strong regional linkages to the Asian tech sector, RightsCon South Korea will enable our community to connect with and learn from the flourishing and creative regional actors that have previously been underrepresented at our summit. As we officially kick off our next summit cycle,

An open letter to the RightsCon community about RightsCon Costa Rica and what comes next

► What happened and how it impacted the RightsCon community


► Our role and responsibility as convenors


► Where we are now and where we’re headed


► What comes next: sharing our plans and hearing from you


From June 5-8, 2023, we hosted the 12th iteration of RightsCon in San José, Costa Rica, where over 8,300 participants joined us for more than 600 sessions in-person and online. RightsCon Costa Rica was our first hybrid event and a much anticipated return in-person after three years of online-only convening. While we would usually follow RightsCon by reporting on the outcomes of our time together and launching our save-the-date for next year, our team and Access Now as a whole have instead taken a moment to pause and reflect. We’re writing to you to explain the challenges and exclusion some participants faced, to apologize and take accountability for our role, and to share some thoughts on the road ahead for RightsCon.

What happened and how it impacted the RightsCon community


We believe it is important for all of us to understand the systemic barriers and harms that participants can

How to follow along RightsCon Costa Rica

Welcome to RightsCon Costa Rica! With 600+ sessions, 19 program tracks, and 6 intersecting themes, sparking conversation and actions across issues ranging from emerging technologies, to indigenous rights, to freedom of the media. There’s plenty for you to discover and share your expertise on with the thousands of digital rights experts in our spaces. Registration for our summit is closed, but even if you are not one of the 8,100+ participants from 174 countries (126 in-person and 160 online) present at this year’s gathering, you can still follow key conversations that will become available for you to review and replay each day, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Fireside Chats, and In Conversation sessions on the Access Now YouTube channel. Follow us on Youtube In particular, we want to take a moment to celebrate the representation of Latin American and Caribbean communities at this year’s summit, our first in the region. With over 1,800 participants from the region, and nearly a quarter of all sessions held in Spanish and Portuguese, we can’t wait to bring together indigenous organizations, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, climate justice activists, and many, many more, from the margins to the center. Take a look at our Latin American and Caribbean landing page including recommendations for each day of the summit, as well as livestreams of key sessions!

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