Building the RightsCon Program

We’re building the global agenda for our human rights in the digital age based on our community’s proposals. Scroll below to learn more.

RightsCon Tunis Call for Proposals Results

Every year, we ask our global community to help shape a timely and outcome-oriented RightsCon program. The sessions we received through our call for proposals – which ran from Oct. 23 to Dec. 19 – offer insight into the work currently being done by our community, while also providing direction for our future efforts.

The RightsCon Tunis call showed us the growing relevance of our community’s collective work with nearly 900 proposals from 83 countries. We’re thrilled to share that the participation of organizations from the Middle East and North Africa doubled, and that the trend of women leadership at RightsCon continues, with over 52% of the proposals coming from those who self-identified as women.

Take a look at the proposal breakdown below to get a sense of who’s contributing to our most timely, vital, and compelling program to date. You can also download our full Proposal stats report here.

RightsCon 2019 Proposal Stats

Issues We Cover

As our world becomes more and more digital, the RightsCon program simultaneously has grown to reflect the breadth and depth of technology’s impact on society and our human rights. Here are some of the issues we will be covering in our next summit:

Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Algorithmic Accountability


Freedom of Expression and Censorship


Misinformation, Journalism, and the Future of Online Media


Civic Tech and e-Governance


Corporate Social Responsibility, Transparency, and Remedy


Data Trust, Protection and User Control Locally, Regionally, and Globally


Privacy, Surveillance, and Individual Security


Countering Online Harassment, Hate Speech, and Violent Extremism


Jurisdiction and the Rule of Law


Diversity and Inclusion


The Impact of the Convergence of New Technologies


Innovation, Trade, and Intellectual Property


Democracy, Conflict, and the Shrinking Civic Spaces


Cybersecurity and Encryption


The Impact of Technology on the Sustainable Development Goals


Internet Shutdowns, Net Discrimination, and Connectivity


Philanthropy, Funding, and Operational Development


Skill-building: Tools, Demos, and Trainings


Skill-building: Advocacy and Campaigning


Skill-building: Organizational and Individual Wellness


The RightsCon Tunis 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 connected, strategic, and outcomes-oriented program tracks. Take a look at who is joining us to form the 2019 program below.

Jan Rydzek

Jan Rydzek

Associate Director, Program, Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator

Milka Pietikainen

Milka Pietikainen

Director, Threefold Sustainability Advisory Services

Hassen Selmi

Hassen Selmi

Security Incident Handler, Access Now

Naman Aggarwal

Naman Aggarwal

Asia Policy Associate, Access Now

Mouna Ben Garga

Mouna Ben Garga

Innovation for Change, MENA, CIVICUS

Estelle Massé

Estelle Massé

Policy Analyst, Access Now

Gustaf Björksten

Gustaf Björksten

Chief Technologist, Access Now

Javiera Moreno

Javiera Moreno

Litigator, Datos Protegidos Chile

Pavithra Ram

Pavithra Ram

Content Strategist, RNW Media

Verónica Arroyo

Verónica Arroyo

Latin America Policy Associate, Access Now

Jessica Dheere

Jessica Dheere

Founder/Executive Director, SMEX

Pilar Saenz

Pilar Saenz

Project Manager, Karisma Foundation

Emna Sayadi

Emna Sayadi

MENA Campaigner, Access Now

Kemly Camacho

Kemly Camacho

President, Sulá Batsú

Siddharth Rao

Siddharth Rao

Public Interest Technologist, Aalto University, Finland

Berhan Taye

Berhan Taye

Campaigner, #KeepItOn Lead, Access Now

Kiggundu Mark

Kiggundu Mark

Technology Program Officer, DefendDefenders

Sze Ming

Sze Ming

Digital Integrity Fellow, Open Tech Fund

Dima Samaro

Dima Samaro

Policy Researcher, Access Now

Ali Mnif

Ali Mnif

Country Manager, Silatech

Lorraine Chuen

Lorraine Chuen

Communications Lead, Powered by Data

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Executive Director, Equality Labs

Javier Pallero

Javier Pallero

Latin America Policy Lead, Access Now

Amos Toh

Amos Toh

Legal Advisor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Expression

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Internet Economist, OECD

Yamen Akkari

Yamen Akkari

Lawyer at the Court of Appeal, Tunisia

Juliana Castro

Juliana Castro

Design Associate, Access Now

Brandi Collins-Dexter

Brandi Collins-Dexter

Senior Campaign Director, Color of Change

Maria Clara Pinheiro

Maria Clara Pinheiro

Director of Global Fellowship, Ashoka Foundation

Sasha Constanza-Chock

Sasha Constanza-Chock

Associate Professor of Civic Media at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lucie Krahulcova

Lucie Krahulcova

EU Policy Analyst, Access Now

Burcu Kilic

Burcu Kilic

Director, Digital Rights Program, Public Citizen

Fanny Hidvégi

Fanny Hidvégi

European Policy Manager, Access Now

Wafa Ben-Hassine

Wafa Ben-Hassine

MENA Policy Counsel, Access Now

Mohamed Chennoufi

Mohamed Chennoufi

Tunis Security Shift Lead, Access Now

Martin Tisné

Martin Tisné

Managing Director, Luminate

Peter Micek

Peter Micek

Global Policy & Legal Counsel, Access Now

Daniel Bedoya Arroyo

Daniel Bedoya Arroyo

Incident Response Manager, Access Now

Houda Ben Mbarek

Houda Ben Mbarek

Moroccan Activist, Consultant for North Africa

Meghan Hellstern

Meghan Hellstern

Senior Projects Officer, Brookfields Institute

Nikki Gladstone

Nikki Gladstone

RightsCon Program and Community Manager

Carolyn Tackett

Carolyn Tackett

Global Campaign Strategist, Access Now

Damien Kieran

Damien Kieran

Data Protection Officer, Legal, Twitter

Gretchen Greene

Gretchen Greene

Affiliate Researcher, MIT Media Lab

Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

Cryptographer, privacy specialist, and writer

Margaret L. Satterthwaite

Margaret L. Satterthwaite

Faculty Director, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Julie Broome

Julie Broome

Director, Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontières

Japleen Prasicha

Japleen Prasicha

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Feminism In India

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Director of Partnerships, AI for Good

Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

RightsCon Director

Melody Patry

Melody Patry

Advocacy Director at Access Now

Amie Stepanovich

Amie Stepanovich

U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now

Ramy Raoof

Ramy Raoof

Technologist and Privacy Researcher

Melissa Kim

Melissa Kim

Operations and Development Manager, Access Now

An Xiao Mina

An Xiao Mina

Director of Product, Meedan

Maria Fernanda Jordão

Maria Fernanda Jordão

Attorney specialized in International Law and Human Rights

Mira Milosevic

Mira Milosevic

Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development

María Paz Canales

María Paz Canales

Executive Director, Derechos Digitales

Session Types

The variety of session formats in the RightsCon program reflects the diversity of goals our community is working to achieve.

 

 

 





Engage Beyond the Program: Connect, Meet, Gather

A dynamic, mixed-use space at RightsCon for connecting and showcasing projects, initiatives, tools, and research throughout the conference.

Move forward your goals by inviting key partners to a private meeting on a specific issue area or project.

After a full day of programming, wind down and connect with other participants at a range of social events.