RightsCon Participation and Privacy
At its core, RightsCon is a platform and a gathering space for those working to defend and extend our human rights in the most challenging of circumstances. It is an opportunity designed to bring practitioners across stakeholder lines together, in order to generate an agenda for a rights-respecting digital future.
As hosts, our number one priority in planning RightsCon is to ensure that we take all necessary and appropriate steps to protect vulnerable and at risk groups. It is our commitment that RightsCon should be and remain a safe space for open discussions without fear of intimidation or threat of reprisal.
Below are some important considerations and processes that we have developed to ensure that RightsCon is a space that is both inclusive and safe. If you are interested in learning more about how we’re approaching safety and security for RightsCon Tunis, read our blog post.
RightsCon is a public event, meaning that anyone can register and attend. Upon arrival into Tunisia, each participant will be issued with a RightsCon badge, which will include the first name, last name, and affiliation that they registered with.
While public registration allows us to be inclusive and representative of diverse voices, we recognize, on the other hand, the potential implications this may have for participants who have taken considerable risk to be present and participate.
Participants wearing a red lanyard have explicitly asked for their attendance not to be documented or made public, and we ask all participants to refrain from filming, photographing, or posting on social media about any other participant without their express permission.
In every session, moderators or organizers will announce the level of privacy expected from participants, which may range from open attribution, to chatham house rules, to no attribution. All participants should listen to and respect these guidelines.
RightsCon is an inclusive space and open to the public. However, we do reserve the right to revoke tickets, confiscate credentials, or otherwise deny entry or restrict entry to RightsCon, at any time. We may take these steps in the event that an individual or their organization:
- presents an unacceptable threat or risk to any member of the RightsCon community, including Access Now staff members and partners;
- is found to be in violation of our code of conduct;
- is involved in illegal, unethical, or violent activity, or
- otherwise acts contrary to our values.
In all cases, this decision will be a thoughtful and considered action and the decision to revoke access to RightsCon will be taken very seriously.