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The program categories shaping the RightsCon 2021 agenda

The RightsCon program is divided into tracks to help participants navigate the many issue areas our community works on. The categories below will inform the creation of our final program tracks.


Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Algorithm

Civil Society Resistance and Resilience

Content Control and Censorship

Cyber Norms, Accountability, and Practice


Data Protection and User Control

Democracy, Elections, and Political Participation

Digital Security for Individuals and Communities

Freedom of the Media


Futures, Fictions, and Creativity

Human Rights-Centered Design

Internet Access, Education, and Inclusion

Internet Shutdowns and Network Disruptions


Justice, Documentation, and Investigation

New Models for Business and Labor

Next Frontier Technologies

Online Hate and Violent Extremism


Organizational Growth, Impact, and Resources

Peacebuilding and Digital Humanitarianism

Privacy and Surveillance

Trade, Innovation, and Intellectual Property


Program timeline

The RightsCon 2021 program committee

Every year, the RightsCon team works alongside the Program Committee – made up of Access Now staff and external experts from around the world – to build a participatory, outcomes-oriented public program. Below are the individuals and organizations who will help us shape the agenda for RightsCon’s 10th anniversary summit.

Kavya Pearlman

Kavya Pearlman

Founder, CEO, XR Safety Initiative (XRSI)

Urvashi Aneja

Urvashi Aneja

Co-founder and Director, Tandem Research

Peter Micek

Peter Micek

General Counsel, U.N. Policy Manager, Access Now

Nat Gyenes

Nat Gyenes

Director, Digital Health Lab, Meedan

Kristen Tcherneshoff

Kristen Tcherneshoff

Programs Director, Wikitongues

Zaituni Njovu

Zaituni Njovu

Executive Director, Zaina Foundation Tanzania

Dima Samaro

Dima Samaro

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Policy Analyst, Access Now

Darrah Blackwater

Darrah Blackwater

Indigenous Internet and Spectrum Advocate

Lai Yi Ohlsen

Lai Yi Ohlsen

Artist, Project Director, Measurement Lab (MLab)

Mnemonic Team

Mnemonic Team

Mnemonic.org

Verónica Arroyo

Verónica Arroyo

Latin America Policy Associate, Access Now

Tamar Hayrikyan

Tamar Hayrikyan

Director of Research, Managing Partner, Técnicas Rudas

Laura Schwartz-Henderson

Laura Schwartz-Henderson

Senior Program Officer, Global Technology, Internews

Carolyn Tackett

Carolyn Tackett

Deputy Advocacy Director, Global Campaigns Lead, Access Now

Fabien Bénétou

Fabien Bénétou

WebXR Consultant, European Parliament Innovation Lab

Eileen Wagner

Eileen Wagner

Program Director, Simply Secure

Mariam Gagoshashvili

Mariam Gagoshashvili

Senior Program and Advocacy Officer, Astraea Foundation

Javier Pallero

Javier Pallero

Policy Director, Access Now

Daniel Leufer

Daniel Leufer

Europe Policy Analyst, Access Now

Myaisha Hayes

Myaisha Hayes

Campaign Strategies Director, MediaJustice

Marlena Wisniak

Marlena Wisniak

Senior Advisor, AI and Human Rights, ECNL

Jennifer Brody

Jennifer Brody

U.S. Advocacy Manager, Access Now

Laura O’Brien

Laura O’Brien

U.N. Advocacy Officer, Access Now

Maya Wang

Maya Wang

Senior China Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Marwa Fatafta

Marwa Fatafta

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Policy Manager, Access Now

Michael Oghia

Michael Oghia

ICT Sustainability Advocate

Estelle Massé

Estelle Massé

Senior Policy Analyst, Global Data Protection Lead, Access Now

Rocío Jiménez Calderón

Rocío Jiménez Calderón

Security Incident Handler, Access Now

Adeboye Adegoke

Adeboye Adegoke

Senior Program Manager, Paradigm Initiative

Mohamad Najem

Mohamad Najem

Executive Director, SMEX

Gaspar Pisanu

Gaspar Pisanu

Latin America Policy Manager, Access Now

Victor Novikov

Victor Novikov

Digital Security Coordinator, Access Now

Ashley Fowler

Ashley Fowler

Technical Program Officer, Global Technology, Internews

Juliana Castro

Juliana Castro

Senior Designer, Access Now

Leanna Garfield

Leanna Garfield

Digital Engagement Coordinator, Access Now

Bruna Martins dos Santos

Bruna Martins dos Santos

Advocacy Coordinator, Data Privacy Brazil Research Association

Oscar Figueroa-Rodríguez

Oscar Figueroa-Rodríguez

Associate Professor, COLPOS Mexico; Member, GIDA Global

Mary Annunziata

Mary Annunziata

Grant Writer, Access Now; Independent Writer and Curator

Eric Null

Eric Null

U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now

Carmen Cheung

Carmen Cheung

Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

Radhika Jhalani

Radhika Jhalani

Volunteer Counsel, SFLC.in

Sage Cheng

Sage Cheng

Design and UX Lead, Access Now

Felicia Anthonio

Felicia Anthonio

Campaigner, #KeepItOn Lead, Access Now

Ela Matthews

Ela Matthews

Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability

Sejal Parmar

Sejal Parmar

Lecturer in Law, University of Sheffield

Ford Fu-Te Liao

Ford Fu-Te Liao

Research Professor, Institute of Law, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

Grants Administrator, Access Now

Elvia Vasconcelos

Elvia Vasconcelos

Design Researcher

Shalini Joshi

Shalini Joshi

Program Director for Asia Pacific, Meedan

Natalia Krapiva

Natalia Krapiva

Tech Legal Counsel, Access Now

Burcu Kilic

Burcu Kilic

Director, Digital Rights Program, Public Citizen

Francis Monyango

Francis Monyango

Privacy Practitioner

Sheetal Kumar

Sheetal Kumar

Senior Programme Lead, Global Partners Digital

Isedua Oribhabor

Isedua Oribhabor

U.S. Policy Analyst, Access Now

Al Walid Chennoufi

Al Walid Chennoufi

Digital Security Consultant

Helena Puig Larrauri

Helena Puig Larrauri

Co-founder, Director, Build Up

Taís Siqueira

Taís Siqueira

Civil Society Resourcing Officer, CIVICUS

Eliška Pírková

Eliška Pírková

Europe Policy Analyst, Access Now

Anju Mangal

Anju Mangal

Head of Asia Pacific, A4AI, World Wide Web Foundation

Moses Owiny

Moses Owiny

Founder, CEO, Centre for Multilateral Affairs (CfMA)

Raman Jit Singh Chima

Raman Jit Singh Chima

Asia Policy Director, Senior International Counsel, Access Now

Revisit RightsCon Online

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