RightsCon Costa Rica Call for Proposals now closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted, we will send status notifications in early March 2020.

The RightsCon program

The RightsCon program is the guiding pillar of our summit series. Every year, we solicit hundreds of session ideas from human rights defenders, business leaders, policymakers, journalists, and more through an open Call for Proposals. These proposals are the bedrock of the RightsCon experience, and help us shape a timely and outcome-oriented agenda on human rights in the digital age. Explore the Call for Proposals in numbers below or in pdf.


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:


Alternative Models for Business and Labor

Alternative Models
for Business and Labor

Cybersecurity Norms and Practice

Cybersecurity Norms
and Practice

Digital Inclusion and Diversity

Digital Inclusion
and Diversity

Futures, Fictions, and Creativity

Futures, Fictions,
and Creativity

Peace, Stabilization, and Conflict Prevention

Peace, Stabilization, and
Conflict Prevention

Public Interest Tech and Human Rights-Centered Design

Public Interest Tech and Human Rights-Centered Design

 


Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Algorithm

Artificial Intelligence,
Automation, and the Algorithm

Data Governance, Protection, and Consent

Data Governance,
Protection, and Consent

Environmental Sustainability and Human Resilience

Environmental Sustainability and Human Resilience

Global Governance, Justice, and Jurisdiction

Global Governance, Justice,
and Jurisdiction

Philanthropy, Wellness, and Operational Development

Philanthropy, Wellness, and Operational Development

The Global State of Civil Society

The Global State of
Civil Society


Content Control and Censorship

Content Control
and Censorship

Democracy, Elections, and Political Participation

Democracy, Elections,
and Political Participation

Freedom of the Media

Freedom of
the Media

Network Connectivity and Internet Shutdowns

Network Connectivity and
Internet Shutdowns

Privacy, Surveillance, and Individual Security

Privacy, Surveillance,
and Individual Security

Trade, Commerce, and the Digital Commons

Trade, Commerce, and
the Digital Commons

Program timeline

RightsCon 2020 Timeline

Frequently asked questions

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The RightsCon program is the guiding pillar of our annual summit. Hosting a session at RightsCon is one of the best ways to showcase your work, connect with like-minded leaders, hone strategies, ask for advice, learn new skills, consult users, and build the momentum that fuels our work. Every year, we receive hundreds of session proposals from around the world, and we work hard to curate a program that reflects the complexity of the issues at the intersection of human rights and technology.

The Call for Proposals for RightsCon Costa Rica was open from October 2019 to January 2020. It is now closed. You can view the Guide to a Successful Proposal for an overview of the program process. If you proposed a session for RightsCon Costa Rica, we will notify you about the final status of your proposal in March 2020.

We will notify you in March 2020 if your session has been accepted, rejected, or merged with another, similar proposal. Please note we are unable to provide updates on your proposal status while the review process is underway.

Each year, Access Now and the RightsCon team work with leading experts who form our Program Committee. Once the Call for Proposals period ends in January 2020, the Program Committee will review and evaluate proposals session based on specific criteria. Co-chairs will look for proposals that are relevant, actionable, original, and diverse. After the Program Committee review, the RightsCon team will conduct a final, holistic review of all session proposals in order to curate a strategic, high-quality program. We will notify you if your session has been accepted, rejected, or merged with another, similar proposal in March 2020. Note that the program categories will not necessarily translate into the final program tracks. Learn more about our evaluation criteria and process in our Guide to a Successful Proposal.

Once your proposal is accepted into the program, we will launch the session excellence process. “Session excellence” entails providing resources, moderator training, and opportunities for networking to session organizers, all in the service of producing a first-class program. On a technical level, the process may require merging a session with similar proposals, adjusting the format, refining the goal or outcome, and recommending additional speakers. We will also conduct an audit of all sessions to ensure that the panel of speakers meets our diversity and inclusion requirements.

Absolutely! A critical part of the session excellence process involves connecting speakers with session organizers to improve the overall quality and impact of the RightsCon program. Once your proposal is accepted, we will provide you with a list of individuals who have applied to speak at RightsCon and consented to share their contact information. You can use this list to reach out to interested individuals and invite them to speak in your session. If you need specialized recommendations, contact us at [email protected] to explain what sort of perspective or issue area expertise your session requires. Please reach out to us as soon as possible, as our capacity to match speakers and sessions decreases as preparation for the summit ramps up. Even if you do not request our assistance, we may approach you with speaker recommendations. We place speakers based on a variety of factors, including both the needs of the session and the needs of the individual. If you would like to invite a high-level speaker, visit our website to see who will be joining us in San José. We will update this information on a regular basis, and our team will facilitate introductions, if appropriate.

All RightsCon participants are required to register and secure a ticket prior to arrival in San José, Costa Rica on June 9, 2020. If your proposal is accepted into the program, we will provide you with a menu of ticket discount codes that you can share with the speakers associated with your session. These codes can be applied upon checkout through our ticketing portal on Eventbrite. We firmly believe the price of a ticket should never prohibit participation in RightsCon. That’s our official policy, and it applies regardless of where you’re located. However, for those who have the means, we ask that you pay what you can, in order to balance out the costs for participants who are unable to meet the true ticket price.

Every year we fund and support travel for a small number of participants. We do our best to reserve this support for participants who face financial and other barriers to travel, and particularly participants from the Global South and representatives from communities at risk. The form to apply for travel support will be available on our Program Platform until March 6, 2020, and final decisions will be communicated to applicants on March 20, 2020. You can consult our website to see if you require a visa to enter Costa Rica and if you qualify for any exceptions. Visa process time is approximately one month. We encourage everyone who requires a visa to begin the process as soon as possible. If required, you can request a visa invitation letter on our Program Platform.

If your proposal is accepted into the program, you will have the opportunity to update information about the session and make a note of any security or sensitivity concerns that our team should be aware of. We will send out notifications about the final status of your proposal in March 2020, and open the update form soon after. For urgent matters, please contact our team directly at [email protected] If you prefer to send an encrypted email, please use [email protected] (key available here).

There are two phases to building the final program once we have sent out proposal status notifications. If your proposal is accepted, you will have the opportunity to inform us which days of the summit, if any, you are unable to host the session. Afterwards, in April, we will share a draft schedule with organizers before publishing the final program schedule in May. While we do our best to accommodate the schedules of our speakers and session organizers, and we will work with you to smooth out any issues in the lead-up to the summit, we typically can’t guarantee the availability of specific time slots or rooms. Once we have finalized the schedule, we will share an official Session Organizer’s Guide, which includes information about room layouts, set-up, and more.

Unfortunately, we can only provide translation services for our Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and other plenary sessions. If you are a session organizer and require translation services for your session, you will need to notify us in your session update form and secure those services from an external provider.

It depends. Some rooms will have A/V capabilities, while others will not. A technical team and room monitors will be on hand at the venue to assist. Internet access is not always reliable on site, and we recommend that session organizers download and save materials offline prior to arrival in the summit space. We will provide session organizers with a guide that contains an overview of the venue and room layouts, tips on how to run a successful session, and information about tickets and registration.

Session Types

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.

Fireside chat

An intimate, conversational format, with no more than three people on stage.

Workshop

An interactive, table-based session focusing on a single issue or question.

Strategic Roundtable

A substantive discussion between multiple stakeholders and hosted in an intimate setting with no more than 25 people.

 

Lighting talk

A TED Talk-style lecture (5-15 minutes) featuring a single speaker, and exploring a provocative idea, initiative, or challenge.

Panel

RightsCon panels are dynamic and discussion-oriented. Speakers can – and should – interact with the audience, without the help of of presentation tools.

Tech Demo

A hands-on presentation (20 minutes) of a new technology, tool, or technical project.

Meet Up

An informal meeting on a particular issue area. This format allows participants to network, connect, and forge partnerships.
  

Fishbowl

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.

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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.

Satellite Events.

Capitalize on our summit’s convening power by coordinating half-or-full day meetings in the lead up to or after RightsCon.

Community Village

Connect and showcase projects, initiatives, tools, and research in our mixed-use exhibition space throughout the summit.

Private Meetings

Invite key partners to a private meeting on a specific issue area or project in order to advance your goals and priorities.

RightsCon After Dark

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:

Javier Pallero

Javier Pallero

Latin America Policy Lead, Access Now

Drew Mitnick

Drew Mitnick

Policy Counsel

Natalia Krapiva

Natalia Krapiva

Tech Legal Counsel, Access Now

Georgia Bullen

Georgia Bullen

Executive Director, Simply Secure

Lucie Krahulcova

Lucie Krahulcova

Asia Policy Analyst, Access Now

Abeba Birhane

Abeba Birhane

Doctoral Candidate, University College Dublin

Jennifer Brody

Jennifer Brody

Legislative Manager, Access Now

Islam Khoufi

Islam Khoufi

Tunis Office Operations Manager, Access Now

Emna Sayadi

Emna Sayadi

MENA Campaigner, Access Now

Susana Pallero

Susana Pallero

Latin America Director, eSSENTIAl Accessibility

Owen Bennett

Owen Bennett

Internet Policy Manager, Mozilla

Sarah Moulton

Sarah Moulton

Technology Innovation Advisor, National Democratic Institute (NDI)

María Paz Canales

María Paz Canales

Executive Director, Derechos Digitales

Maize Longboat

Maize Longboat

Skins Workshops Associate Director, Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF)

Mohamed Chennoufi

Mohamed Chennoufi

Tunis Security Shift Lead, Access Now

Judy Okite

Judy Okite

Founder, Association for Accessibility and Equality

Maria Xynou

Maria Xynou

Research and Partnerships Director, OONI

Soudeh Rad

Soudeh Rad

Co-Secretary, ILGA-Europe

Dragana Kaurin

Dragana Kaurin

Founder and Director, Localization Lab

Constanza Figueroa

Constanza Figueroa

Communications Officer, Derechos Digitales

Sarra Ben Ali

Sarra Ben Ali

Operations Associate, Access Now

Paola Mosso

Paola Mosso

Tech Team Lead, The Engine Room

Etienne Maury

Etienne Maury

Legal and Policy Officer, CNIL (French Data Protection Authority)

Verónica Arroyo

Verónica Arroyo

Latin America Policy Associate, Access Now

Franco Giandana

Franco Giandana

IT-IP Law

Rian Wanstreet

Rian Wanstreet

PhD Candidate, UW, Open Science Fellow, Mozilla

Boris van Westering

Boris van Westering

Senior Program Coordinator, MENA and Pakistan, Free Press Unlimited

Gabriela Hadid

Gabriela Hadid

Principal for Investments, Luminate

Gaspar Pisanu

Gaspar Pisanu

Latin America Policy Associate, Access Now

Ľuboš Kukliš

Ľuboš Kukliš

Chief Executive, Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission

Michael Oghia

Michael Oghia

Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Global Forum for Media Development

Jean Carlo Lara

Jean Carlo Lara

Security Incident Handler, Access Now

Fanny Hidvégi

Fanny Hidvégi

European Policy Manager, Access Now

Valeria Betancourt

Valeria Betancourt

Communications and Information Policy Programme, APC

Ashley Fowler

Ashley Fowler

Global Technology Program Officer, Internews

Gabrielle Lim

Gabrielle Lim

Researcher, Tech and Social Change Research Project, Shorenstein Center

Hannah Tsadik

Hannah Tsadik

Director of Global Policy, Life and Peace Institute

Carolyn Tackett

Carolyn Tackett

Global Campaign Strategist, Access Now

Mindy Seu

Mindy Seu

Designer and Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Lizzie O’Shea

Lizzie O’Shea

Founder, Digital Rights Watch

Isedua Oribhabor

Isedua Oribhabor

U.S. Policy Analyst, Access Now

Juliana Castro

Juliana Castro

Senior Designer, Access Now

Alejandro Mayoral Baños

Alejandro Mayoral Baños

Executive Director, Indigenous Friends Association

Naman Aggarwal

Naman Aggarwal

Asia Policy Associate, Access Now

Sage Cheng

Sage Cheng

Design and UX Lead, Access Now

Scott Gilmore

Scott Gilmore

Of Counsel, Hausfeld

Peter Micek

Peter Micek

Global Policy & Legal Counsel, Access Now

Amba Kak

Amba Kak

Director of Global Strategy and Programs, AI Now Institute

Winnie Makokha

Winnie Makokha

Mozilla Community, Environment, Health, and Safety Practitioner

Eliška Pírková

Eliška Pírková

Europe Policy Analyst, Access Now

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

Wafa Ben-Hassine

Wafa Ben-Hassine

Independent Consultant

Melissa Kim

Melissa Kim

Operations and Development Manager, Access Now

Nicole Karlebach

Nicole Karlebach

Global Head, Business and Human Rights, Verizon and Verizon Media

Berhan Taye

Berhan Taye

Senior Policy Analyst, #KeepItOn Lead, Access Now

Mira Milosevic

Mira Milosevic

Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development

Dia Kayyali

Dia Kayyali

Program Manager, Tech+Advocacy, WITNESS

Trinh Nguyen

Trinh Nguyen

Digital Advocacy Director, Viet Tan

Estelle Massé

Estelle Massé

Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead, Access Now

Melanio Escobar

Melanio Escobar

Executive Director, RedesAyuda