Since 2011, we have convened the human rights and technology community in key hubs around the world, including Tunis, Toronto, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Manila, and San Francisco. At the end of RightsCon Tunis in 2019, we announced our intention to bring RightsCon to San José, Costa Rica. Instead, in 2020, for the first time in the history of the summit, we embarked on a journey to somewhere entirely different and unexpected – creating a fully online RightsCon experience.
In transitioning from an in-person convening to an online summit, RightsCon 2020 established a critical platform for thousands of experts to connect, coordinate, and advance a shared agenda and for the decade ahead. It also allowed us to broaden our reach and increase participation from 2,979 participants at RightsCon Tunis in 2019, to 7,681 in 2020, meaning that RightsCon Online was not only the largest, but the most accessible iteration of our summit to date.
Author, "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism"
Author, Journalist, Professor, University of New South Wales
President, Color Of Change
Digital Minister, Taiwan
Director of Policy Research, AI Now Institute; Visiting Scholar, Rutgers Law
Federal Communications Commissioner
Indigenous Connectivity Advocate
UN Special Rapporteur, Racism & Discrimination
President and CEO, NAACP
Co-Founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital
Executive Director, ACLU
Writer and Political Analyst
Former UN High Commissioner, Human Rights
In conversation with Rashad Robinson, President of Color Of Change, and facilitator Mutale Nkonde, founding Chief Executive Officer of AI For the People (AFP); key constituent of the UN 3C Round Table for AI; and fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University.
In conversation with David Kaye on the final day of his tenure as U.N. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; with facilitator Maria Ressa, journalist and Chief Executive Officer of Rappler.
In conversation with Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School, and author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism; and Chris Gilliard, Professor of English at Macomb Community College. Facilitators include Joe Westby, researcher and advisor at Amnesty International; and Nathalie Marechal, Senior Policy Analyst at Ranking Digital Rights.
In conversation with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan; Nanjala Nyabola, political analyst and author, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics; and facilitator Amy Studdart, Senior Advisor for Digital Democracy, International Republican Institute.