The RightsCon program
Every year, RightsCon hosts a dynamic program created by and for a global community of civil society representatives, tech companies, journalists, academics, lawyers, technologists, and startups. The RightsCon Costa Rica Call for Proposals was open from October 23, 2019 to January 21, 2020 and is now closed. Status of proposal notifications will be released in March and the draft program will be announced in April. Below you can explore the issue areas we cover, the types of sessions we offer, and other ways to engage beyond the formal program.
RightsCon Costa Rica program categories
The RightsCon program has grown increasingly complex over time to reflect the breadth and depth of technology’s impact on society and our human rights. Explore the issue areas we cover below:
for Business and Labor
Peace, Stabilization, and
Public Interest Tech and Human Rights-Centered Design
Automation, and the Algorithm
Protection, and Consent
Environmental Sustainability and Human Resilience
Global Governance, Justice,
Philanthropy, Wellness, and Operational Development
The Global State of
and Political Participation
Network Connectivity and
and Individual Security
Trade, Commerce, and
the Digital Commons
The official RightsCon program features a range of session types to showcase your work, engage fellow participants in workshops, build strategies, and highlight new ideas.
An intimate, conversational format, with no more than three people on stage.
An interactive, table-based session focusing on a single issue or question.
A substantive discussion between multiple stakeholders and hosted in an intimate setting with no more than 25 people.
A TED Talk-style lecture (5-15 minutes) featuring a single speaker, and exploring a provocative idea, initiative, or challenge.
RightsCon panels are dynamic and discussion-oriented. Speakers can – and should – interact with the audience, without the help of of presentation tools.
A hands-on presentation (20 minutes) of a new technology, tool, or technical project.
An informal meeting on a particular issue area. This format allows participants to network, connect, and forge partnerships.
A roundtable, without the table. These “in-the-round” sessions are participant-driven and foster interactive discussions.
Our speaker application form is now available on our Program Platform! From now until April 1, 2020, you can apply to speak at RightsCon Costa Rica. Our team works with session organizers to place and recommend speakers across our world-class program. Fill out the form to give us a sense of where your perspective and expertise will be most impactful.
Engage Beyond the Program: Connect, Meet, Gather
Beyond scheduled programming are opportunities for connecting in pre-RightsCon satellite events, lively exhibition spaces, intimate private meetings, and after-hours social events.
Capitalize on our summit’s convening power by coordinating half-or-full day meetings in the lead up to or after RightsCon.
Connect and showcase projects, initiatives, tools, and research in our mixed-use exhibition space throughout the summit.
Invite key partners to a private meeting on a specific issue area or project in order to advance your goals and priorities.
After a full day of programming, wind down and network with other participants at a range of social events.
Want to know more about the above opportunities? Send us an email at [email protected]
The RightsCon Costa Rica Program Committee
Each year, the RightsCon team works alongside the Program Committee, made up of internal Access Now staff and external experts from around the world, to curate a connected, strategic, and outcomes-oriented program tracks. Take a look at who is helping us shape the agenda for RightsCon 2020: