RightsCon is the world's leading event on 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 who from our community will join RightsCon Toronto 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 creating 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. Over the three-day event, there are an average of 250 community-led, groundbreaking sessions -- you can see highlights of these in our Past Events page.

Originally called the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, RightsCon is now an annual event that rotates its location to cities around the world that are power centers for technology and human rights. In 2018, RightsCon will be hosted in Toronto, Canada.


The first RightsCon took place in Silicon Valley in 2011, and the second, regionally focused conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012. Both events were sold out, with more than 400 opinion leaders from across the sector and the world attending.

In 2014, we headed back to Silicon Valley, and for the first time, opened up conference programming to the experts: our participants. The product was a stellar program which featured 120 distinct sessions over a period of three days.

In 2015, we held RightsCon in Manila, showcasing the remarkable work being done in the region. You can check out highlights from the Southeast Asia conference here.

RightsCon Silicon Valley 2016 took place from March 30 to April 1, 2016 at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, hosting 1,100+ participants from 500+ organizations and 84 countries.

RightsCon Brussels took place on March 29 - 31, 2017, and was our largest and most impactful event ever. With 1,500 participants from 105 countries and 700+ organizations, RightsCon Brussels was an opportunity to meet face to face with European decision makers and help shape policies and practices that will have a lasting impact on global human rights.

Past Events

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