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The Call for Proposals for RightsCon Costa Rica is now open!

➔ Review our available resources

➔ Read about our program priorities

➔ Explore our session formats

➔ Check our online, in-person, and hybrid options

The Call for Proposals for RightsCon Costa Rica (June 5-9, 2023) is now open! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to shape the agenda on human rights in the digital age. The deadline to submit a session proposal is January 12, 2023 at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time.
Why submit a proposal? Hosting a session at RightsCon is a chan

Sharing our approach for the first hybrid RightsCon

This blog post was updated on November 15, 2022 after we launched our Call for Proposals to reflect progress in our vision for next year’s hybrid event. Today marks the public rollout of our journey towards our first hybrid RightsCon and we want to share with you our current approach for successfully delivering an event of this scope and scale. Engaging with you, our community, when undertaking big decisions is an important step for us. It's one we’ve valued at every turn, whether in 2020, when we transitioned our summit online or today, as we build our first hybrid experience. RightsCon started in 2011 as an in-person only summit, a model that we replicated and improved upon for eight years, and which became a critical shared space for a global multi-stakeholder community to meet and coordinate face-to-face. In transitioning RightsCon online, we adapted our model to a new context, learning for the first time the importance and power of virtual convening for expanding accessibility and inclusion, creating asynchronous engagement opportunities, and attracting participation from the highest levels of government and companies.  RightsCon Costa Rica (June 5-9, 2023) is a new inflection point for our convening model, requiring us to bridge our expertise in hosting in-person and virtual spaces to create a connected experience that is tailored to meet participants wherever they are and however they choose to join us. And what we know is that while a majority (55%) of surveyed 2022 participants told us they planned to join in-person, the remainder were split down the middle: they either planned to join us online or they weren’t sure yet. Whatever the reason a participant may have to join us virtually – including but not limited to vaccine or health related concerns, travel or visa restrictions, or a desire to reduce their carbon footprint (a motivation we share and will be communicating ab

Topics to watch at RightsCon Costa Rica: gender justice, labor, and the environment

We’re on the road to the 12th edition of RightsCon, which will be hosted in San José, Costa Rica and online from June 5-9, 2023. RightsCon Costa Rica marks our first hybrid event and our much-anticipated return to Latin American and the Caribbean, and will support 15+ program tracks and 400+ sessions on the most pressing issues at the intersection of technology and human rights. The RightsCon program is sourced through an open Call for Proposals, and provides a platform for people from around the world – activists, technologists, business leaders, policymakers, journalists, and more – to set the agenda for human rights in the digital age. To prepare for the launch of the Call for Proposals in late October, our team took a closer look at the trends surfaced by our community, and identified three critical themes which will shape the direction of our program in 2023. Global developments related to gender and sexuality, labor and corporate accountability, and climate and environmental justice are intimately connected to digital rights, and we welcome proposals which explore these interconnections in innovative or unexpected ways. For session organizers, RightsCon is often an important step to building concrete skills, strategies, and partnerships to effect change. Our most recent edition, held online in June, supported a number of projects and initiatives, on topics as varied as the digital language divide, the use of AI in health and agricultural sectors, and safety and security for LGBTQ+ people on social media platforms. To learn more about the continued efforts of

Celebrating 11 years of RightsCon: 10 highlights from the 2022 Outcomes Report

Access Now is excited to share our Outcomes Report for the 11th edition of RightsCon, which took place across all time zones from Monday, June 6 to Friday, June 10, 2022. RightsCon 2022 marked our third summit hosted entirely online, and our largest and most diverse event to date. This was made possible by our continued focus on multi-stakeholder participation and accessibility, an expansion and diversification of the community-driven RightsCon program, and our continued experimentation with new formats and spaces, including the RightsCon Studio and Social Hour. Our annual Outcomes Report provides insight into the state of human rights in the digital age and the global community discussing, coordinating, and solving today’s pressing challenges. See the highlights below and read the full report for a deep dive into RightsCon 2022.

Here are 10 highlights and learnings you will find in the Outcomes Report:
  1. The RightsCon community has grown over threefold, from 2,797 registered participants in 2019 to 9,352 in 2022

  2. We hosted sessions in 13 languages at the summit, inclu

Closing in on the 11th edition of RightsCon (and where we hope to see you in 2023)

The 11th edition of RightsCon comes to a close today, and we have a lot to celebrate: a record-breaking 9,329 registered participants joined us for 560 sessions, we welcomed our first head of government, and introduced a brand new space for our community with the RightsCon Studio. The first event in our second decade of convening has sent a strong message: our community’s work is more important, necessary, and powerful than it has ever been.

Over the course of our five days together, we talked, listened, workshopped, and consulted, and the small selection of tangible outcomes below are a testament to why we come together:

Following along with the 11th edition of RightsCon

Starting tomorrow (June 6), over 9,000 participants from 162 countries will engage in our largest program to date in the 11th edition of RightsCon. Across five days, we will host over 560 sessions that cut across 18 program tracks and eight intersectional themes from indigenous rights to health and gender justice. Registration ahead of the summit is an important step in our approach to convening safe, productive, and inclusive spaces at RightsCon. If you missed the registration deadline or are not able to participate in the full week of programming, here are ways for you to engage with us. There are many options available for you to view recordings of sessions, engage with members of the RightsCon community on socials, share resources, and tap into the momentum of the summit.

Tune into the Access Now YouTube channel for daily content

Throughout RightsCon, we will be updating our YouTube channel daily with a selection of fireside chats, musical performances, and studio interviews in conversation with global leaders from across sectors, including:

Login and explore: The RightsCon 2022 platform is now open

The RightsCon platform is now officially open! Registered participants can login, explore, and build their personalized program schedules for the 11th edition of our Summit Series, taking place from Monday, June 6 to Friday, June 10.

The RightsCon platform is where you will view the program schedule, join sessions, meet other participants, attend private meetings, and watch performances. With a brand new RightsCon Studio and more than 560 sessions to participate in, be sure to set yourself up for the best possible experience by reading our guide (full of participant tips and resources), and making sure to:
  • Bookmark the platform, build your profile, and set your timezone;
  • Explore the full program, which is navigable by format, track, intersecting theme, or language;
  • Add to your personal schedule by marking which sessions you’re interested in attending;
  • Make plans to connect with others by checking out the full participant and speaker lists

Our approach to building safe, productive, and inclusive spaces at RightsCon 2022

➔ Our approach

➔ Informing your participation

➔ Beyond safety and security: inclusion and accessibility

➔ Reporting and responding

➔ Contacting us

The 11th edition of RightsCon is in two weeks (June 6-10, 2022) and we’re taking a moment to provide an update and reminder of the core policies, principles, and processes that help keep the summit a safe, productive, and inclusive space. As with past years, the core principles and policies governing RightsCon, such as our Code of Conduct and our Participation & Privacy Policy, remain in place. By registering, participants agree to read through and abide by these policies. readmore

New for 2022: Introducing the RightsCon studio

As we head into the 11th edition of RightsCon – and our third virtual event – we’re reimagining RightsCon spaces and testing new, exciting ways to experience the program and platform, which is why we’re introducing The RightsCon Studio. Participants can think of the RightsCon studio as their homebase for RightsCon: start your day (wherever you’re located) with a Rise and Shine welcome from regional voices, watch Program Previews to get a glimpse of what’s coming up, join In Conversation interviews with global leaders across sectors, take action with the coalitions highlighted in Community Voices, and get a recap on what you’ve missed in Program Reviews. Whether you’re located in Brazil, France, or Myanmar, and joining in your morning, afternoon, or evening of our five days of programming, you can tune into the Studio on the homepage of the RightsCon platform.

Introducing our Studio host: award-winning journalist Melissa Chan

Cutout of Melissa Chan with her arms crossed over an abstract background. It reads "Rights con host, Melissa Chan" Joining you in the Studio as the anchor of your RightsCon experience is Melissa Chan, a seasoned and multi-award-winning journalist whose long list of accolades and achievements include two Human Rights Press Awards from Amnesty International, an Emmy nomination, and co-founding the Yale J

The RightsCon 2022 Call for Proposals: results, trends, and what comes next

➔ Regional and language diversity

➔ Trends to watch

➔ Next steps

RightsCon's Call for Proposals is a testament to the power of collective action for human rights in the digital age. Every year, hundreds of people from around the world – activists, technologists, business leaders, policymakers, journalists, and more – submit session proposals for consideration into our community-centered program. Taken as a whole, these proposals illustrate what we hold in common, and the hard-won victories, stories of change, and ideas for the future that connect our network across borders and boundaries. As we gear up for the 11th edition of RightsCon (June 6-10, 2022), we want to provide a first look at the results of the Call for Proposals, and what you can expect from our program in 2022. The numbers tell a story about our community, our shared priorities and challenges in the digital sphere, and our renewed momentum to secure human rights for all as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. We received 1170+ proposals from 815+ host institutions for RightsCon 2022, an 11 percent increase from 2021. Session proposers came from 112 countries – the most ever recorded for our program – with 11 countries represented for the first time, and substantial increases in participation from Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.