The RightsCon Community

RightsCon brings together business leaders, policy makers, general counsels, government representatives, technologists, and human rights defenders from around the world to break down silos, create partnerships, and drive large-scale, real-world change toward a more free, open, and connected world.

RightsCon Brussels (March 29-31, 2017) in numbers

The RightsCon community attracts some of the world’s leading voices, including:

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Bahraini human rights activist

Alexander De Croo

Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker

Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla

Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation

Salil Shetty

Salil Shetty

Secretary General at Amnesty International

Nanjira Sambuli

Nanjira Sambuli

Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

Board Member at the Freedom of the Press Foundation

Cindy Cohn

Cindy Cohn

Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Colin Crowell

Colin Crowell

Vice President of Global Public Policy, Twitter

Göran Marby

Göran Marby

CEO and President of ICANN

Frank William La Rue

Frank William La Rue

ADG for Communication and Information, UNESCO

Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

Global Connectivity Policy Manager, Facebook

Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert

Director of the Citizen Lab, author, and co-founder of Psiphon

Alex Walden

Alex Walden

Counsel, Free Expression and Human Rights, Google

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director of Ranking Digital Rights

Japleen Prasicha

Japleen Prasicha

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Feminism In India

Carolina Botera

Carolina Botera

CEO, Fundación Karisma

Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontières

Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos

Director of the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio

Pastora Valero

Pastora Valero

Vice President, Government Affairs, Cisco

David Kaye

David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf

Board Trustee for the Internet Society (ISOC)

Every year, RightsCon gathers hundreds of speakers across 200+ sessions. We'll continue to announce more speakers, so check back! You can learn more about our past conferences here.

Join Our Community


Learn from leading experts, connect with our global community, and build partnerships to further your work by attending RightsCon from May 16-18, 2018. Early Bird pricing available for a limited time.


Demo a new tech tool, showcase your organization’s latest initiative, or present new research to our 2000+ attendees in our RightsCon Community Village byhosting a booth.


If you’re interested in being a part of our program, but didn’t propose a session, tell us about yourself, your work, and what you would like to speak about through ourspeaker application form.


Are you between the age of 18-30 with an interest in human rights in the digital age? Learn from leaders of the digital rights community about advocacy, policy making, and movement building by applying for our one-day workshop.

Want to know who you’ll connect with? Here’s who comes to RightsCon:

Airbnb
Amazon
Amnesty International
ASL19
Automattic
Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard
Cisco
Citizen Lab
CPJ
Creative Commons
Derechos Digitales
EFF
European Commission
Facebook
Fairphone

Global Affairs Canada
Google
GSMA
Human Rights Watch
ICANN
IFEX
Internet Sans Frontières
Internews
LUSH Cosmetics
Mozilla
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
New America’s Open Technology Institute
OpenMedia
Oxford Internet Institute

Ranking Digital Rights
Stripe
Telefonica
Twitter
U.S. Department of State
Uber
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
UNESCO
UNICEF
UNOHCHR
University of Ottawa
Verisign, Inc.
Vodafone Group
Wikimedia Foundation
Yahoo

Local Champions

A new initiative launching at RightsCon Toronto, our Local Champions group features leading voices in Canada’s digital rights landscape. They’ll support us with thought leadership, program guidance, and topic identification. Together, we will ensure the most pressing issues that Canadians face are represented at RightsCon.

Amira Elghawaby

Amira Elghawaby

Digital Communications, Canadian Labour Congress

John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul

Co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Fereidoon Bashar

Fereidoon Bashar

Co-Director, ASL19

Dmitri Vitaliev

Dmitri Vitaliev

Director, equalit.ie

Laura Tribe

Laura Tribe

Executive Director, OpenMedia

Tara Denham

Tara Denham

Director, Democracy Unit, Global Affairs Canada

Farhaan Ladhani

Farhaan Ladhani

CEO and Co-Founder, Perennial

Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella Coleman

Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, McGill University

Annie Game

Annie Game

Executive Director, IFEX

Alice Klein

Alice Klein

CEO, NOW Magazine

Kelsey Merkley

Kelsey Merkley

Public Lead, Creative Commons Canada

Michael Geist

Michael Geist

Professor, University of Ottawa

Are we missing someone that is a local champion? Nominate them by sending an email to [email protected].