In 2018, the RightsCon community came together in Toronto, Canada, one of the world’s most diverse cities and an emerging hub for tech and innovation, to shape the future of human rights in the digital age. The summit was a historic convening, providing a unique opportunity to experience the impact and importance of our community’s collective work around the world.
RightsCon Toronto hosted 2,520 registered participants from 118 countries and more than 700 organizations. The program was our most ambitious to date with 450+ sessions including workshops, panels, private meetings, and roundtables organized into 18 thematic tracks. In line with the RightsCon mission to drive forward our community’s work with tangible outcomes, the summit launched the Toronto Declaration towards protecting the rights to equality and non-discrimination in machine learning systems. Read more about what our community achieved in its 3 days together in our outcomes report below.
CEO and Co-Founder Reddit
Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commision
Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook
Technologist and Privacy Researcher
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Government
Founder and Director, Coding Rights
Counsel, Free Expression and Human Rights, Google
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Verify-Sy
Executive Director, Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley
Executive Director, EFF
Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontieres
Secretary of State for the Digital Economy, Government of Tunisia
Co-Founder and CEO, CloudFlare
Digital Rights Program Manager, Phandeeyar
Data Literacy Lead, International Committee of the Red Cross
Access Now would like to thank the following events for their contributions to the digital rights community.
The RightsCon Young Leaders Summit brought together students and young professionals for a one-day workshop
This workshop provided lawyers with a training on data security strategies to help protect confidential information.
Hosted by Just Net Coalition (JNC), this event focused on emerging insights about the ‘digital revolution.’