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

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.