24-25 MARCH 2015

RightsCon is the premier summit series bringing together civil society, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies, and governments on the subject of the internet and human rights. This March, RightsCon will move to Manila to convene civil society and key decision makers in this rapidly evolving region.

This year's event will be convened by Access, EngageMedia, and local host Foundation for Media Alternatives. We will bring together thought leaders, highlight emerging voices, engage the technology sector, host strategy and implementation sessions, and provide opportunities to showcase new initiatives.

The RightsCon summits are dedicated to protecting the open internet and defending the digital rights of its users. Information about RightsCon sessions are available here, or you can download a draft of the program below!

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Latest News

New Program Highlights Added!

Welcome new speakers: Ken Carter, Counsel @ CloudFlare; Rajnesh Singh, Regional Bureau Director Asia Pacific @ ISOC

Draft Program Released!

Welcome new sponsors Linkedin and Oak Foundation!

New speakers announced: David Kaye (Special Rapporteur for the United Nations Human Rights Council); Professor Park Kyung-sin (Korea University, Open Net)

New speaker announced: Kilnam Chon (Internet Hall of Fame Global Connector)

New speakers added: Cynthia Wong (Human Rights Watch), Patricia Curran (Telenor), Mimin Dwi Hartono (Indonesia National Commission on Human Rights)


RightsCon Southeast Asia is just weeks away, so buy your tickets now!*

*Access and EngageMedia are committed to making RightsCon Southeast Asia accessible and open to all. Please familiarize yourself with our Financial Support and Participant Ticket Policy. If you would prefer to not to register through eventbrite, please email conference [at] accessnow.org.


RightsCon invites stakeholders from all sectors to participate. Below is a sample of the speakers you can expect to see at RightsCon Southeast Asia.

New speakers announced regularly so please check back again for more speakers as the conference approaches!


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Please check back again for more speakers as the conference approaches. New speakers announced regularly!


Last year, Access, in coordination with Benetech, hosted “The Demo Room,” which featured a bevy of lightning talks, tech demos, and workshops. During the sometimes raucous - but never boring - three days, presenters from all over the world worked on issues as varied as the ironic t-shirts in the room: we demoed secure mailing platforms and hunted down in/security bugs; cajoled ‘frenemies’ of the state and played with mesh networks.

We’re delighted to again be partnering with Benetech in Manila for RightsCon Southeast Asia. Learn more here.


Access, along with EngageMedia and local partner Foundation for Media Alternatives, is excited to be bringing the fourth installment of RightsCon to Manila, March 24-25! To compliment the official conference programming, we are partnering with various organizations to host Satellite Events before or after the conference. Interested in hosting a Hackathon, a deep-dive policy workshop, or a civil society meeting? Email us with your idea!

Responsible Data Forum: Human Rights Documentation
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Responsible Data Forum: Human Rights Documentation (March 21-22)

Hosted by: HURIDOCS, Benetech, Amnesty International, CESR, and the engine room

This event will bring together practitioners and researchers to explore the ethical, privacy and security challenges posed by the use of data and new technologies in human rights documentation. It will be a hands on and collaborative, focused on developing concrete tools and strategies to ensure that documentation efforts do no harm. Issues such as practical de-identification of data, inclusive and participatory use of technology, verification and data standards will be considered, and the potential of new technologies for protecting and promoting human rights.

The Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability (March 22-23)
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The Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability (March 22-23)

Hosted by: EFF, Article 19, Centre for Internet and Society - India, KICTANET, ADC, and Derechos Digitales, Open Net Korea

The policies governing liability of intermediaries for content have an impact on user rights including freedom of expression. A lack of consistency across these policies has resulted in censorship and other human rights abuses. To address this, civil society groups from around the world will come together to launch the Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability, which will promote the development of more principled national and global liability regimes that can promote users’ rights and innovation.

Philippine Multistakeholder Forum on Internet Rights (March 23)
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Future of #PHInternet: A Multistakeholder Forum on Internet Governance, Human Rights, and Development (March 23)

Main organisers: Foundation for Media Alternatives and Internet Society Philippines

This Forum is a space for stakeholders all over the Philippines – netizens, private sector, government officials, civil society, the tech community, bloggers, academics, journalists, lawyers, activists - to come together and start to build general consensus on what the future of the internet should be, as it approaches the 21st anniversary of #PHInternet. Registration is required as we only have limted slots https://futureofphinternet.eventbrite.com

Physical in the Digital: Practical Physical Security for Digital Security Trainings
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Physical in the Digital: Practical Physical Security for Digital Security Trainings

Hosted by: LevelUp/Internews, Security First, EngageMedia

Dates and application coming soon.

This 2-day event will convene digital security trainers actively supporting local communities and networks throughout Asia to begin integrating elements of physical security into their digital security training practice.
Please contact Nicolas Sera-Leyva with any questions or interest.

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