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

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:


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

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.

Want to be part of a program, but don’t want to submit a stand-alone session? 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.

APPLY TO SPEAK

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:

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

Gabriela Hadid

Gabriela Hadid

Principal for Investments, Luminate

Gaspar Pisanu

Gaspar Pisanu

Latin America Policy Associate, Access Now

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

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

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

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

Estelle Massé

Estelle Massé

Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead, Access Now

Melanio Escobar

Melanio Escobar

Executive Director, RedesAyuda