Program schedule and session list

The RightsCon program is the guiding pillar of our summit series, formed by the proposals submitted by a global community of experts. Below is an overview of when you can expect programming to occur during the five days of RightsCon. Click between major regions to see program timing that aligns closest to where you’re located. When we launch the RightsCon Online platform, you’ll be able to set your specific time zone and navigate the full agenda.

MONDAY, JULY 27

10:00-11:00 (UTC-4)

Opening Ceremonies

11:00-15:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

15:00-16:00 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: Jessica Rosenworcel, U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner

16:00-19:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

20:30-21:30 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat

22:00-23:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

TUESDAY, JULY 28

00:00-01:00 (UTC-4)

Regional Meetup (Asia)

03:30-04:30 (UTC-4)

Regional Meetups (Europe, Africa)

04:30-05:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

06:00-07:00 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, and Nanjala Nyabola, Author and Activist, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics

07:00-09:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

11:30-12:30 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: Shoshana Zuboff, Author and Scholar, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

12:30-13:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

14:00-15:00 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: Brad Smith, President of Microsoft

15:00-17:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

19:00-22:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

02:00-03:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

06:00-09:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

10:00-11:00 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: Rashad Robinson, President, Color Of Change

11:00-12:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

12:30-13:30 (UTC-4)

Regional Meetups (North America and LAC)

15:00-17:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

18:00-21:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

THURSDAY, JULY 30

01:00-02:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

05:30-06:30 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: Niklas Zennström, CEO of Atomico, Co-founder of Skype

06:30-10:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

12:00-13:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

13:00-14:00 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp, Facebook

14:30-16:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

17:00-18:00 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Association

18:00-19:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

21:00-23:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

FRIDAY, JULY 31

01:00-02:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

06:00-08:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

10:00-11:00 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

11:00-12:00 (UTC-4)

Fireside chat: David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

12:30-14:30 (UTC-4)

Community sessions

15:00-16:00 (UTC-4)

Closing Ceremonies

MONDAY, JULY 27

15:00-16:00 (UTC+1)

Opening Ceremonies

16:00-17:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

20:00-21:00 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: Jessica Rosenworcel, U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner

21:00-00:30 TUE (UTC+1)

Community sessions

TUESDAY, JULY 28

01:30-02:30 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat

03:00-04:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

05:00-06:00 (UTC+1)

Regional Meetup (Asia)

08:30-09:30 (UTC+1)

Regional Meetups (Europe, Africa)

09:30-10:30 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

11:00-12:00 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, and Nanjala Nyabola, Author and Activist, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics

12:00-14:30 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

16:30-17:30 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: Shoshana Zuboff, Author and Scholar, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

17:30-18:30 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

19:00-20:00 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: Brad Smith, President of Microsoft

20:00-22:30 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

00:00-03:30 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

07:00-08:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

11:00-14:30 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

15:00-16:00 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: Rashad Robinson, President, Color Of Change

16:00-17:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

17:30-18:30 (UTC+1)

Regional Meetups (North America and LAC)

20:00-22:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

23:00-02:30 THU (UTC+1)

Community sessions

THURSDAY, JULY 30

06:00-07:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

10:30-11:30 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: Niklas Zennström, CEO of Atomico, Co-founder of Skype

11:30-15:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

17:00-18:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

18:00-19:00 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp, Facebook

19:30-21:30 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

22:00-23:00 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Association

23:00-00:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

FRIDAY, JULY 31

02:00-04:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

06:00-07:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

11:00-13:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

15:00-16:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

16:00-17:00 (UTC+1)

Fireside chat: David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

17:30-19:30 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

20:00-21:00 (UTC+1)

Closing Ceremonies

MONDAY, JULY 27

22:00-23:00 (UTC+8)

Opening Ceremonies

23:00-3:00 TUE (UTC+8)

Community sessions

TUESDAY, JULY 28

03:00-04:00 (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: Jessica Rosenworcel, U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner

04:00-07:30 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

08:30-09:30 (UTC+8)

Fireside chat

10:00-11:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

12:00-13:00 (UTC+8)

Regional Meetup (Asia)

15:30-16:30 (UTC+8)

Regional Meetups (Europe, Africa)

16:30-17:30 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

18:00-19:00 (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, and Nanjala Nyabola, Author and Activist, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics

19:00-21:30 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

23:30-00:30 WED (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: Shoshana Zuboff, Author and Scholar, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

00:30-1:30 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

02:00-03:00 (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: Brad Smith, President of Microsoft

03:00-05:30 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

14:00-15:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

18:00-21:30 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

22:00-23:00 (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: Rashad Robinson, President, Color Of Change

23:00-00:00 THU (UTC+8)

Community sessions

THURSDAY, JULY 30

00:30-01:30 (UTC+8)

Regional Meetups (North America and LAC)

03:00-05:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

06:00-09:30 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

13:00-14:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

17:00-18:00 (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: Niklas Zennström, CEO of Atomico, Co-founder of Skype

18:30-22:00 (UTC+1)

Community sessions

FRIDAY, JULY 31

00:00-01:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

01:00-02:00 (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp, Facebook

02:30-04:30 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

05:00-06:00 (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Association

06:00-07:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

09:00-11:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

13:00-14:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

18:00-20:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

22:00-23:00 (UTC+8)

Community sessions

23:00-00:00 SAT (UTC+8)

Fireside chat: David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

00:30-02:30 SAT (UTC+8)

Community sessions

03:00-04:00 SAT (UTC+8)

Closing Ceremonies


RightsCon Online program session list

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. Click the full session list button below to explore all the public sessions. Once the full list is expanded, you can navigate through session topics by clicking the topic icons.

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, direct conversation featuring 2-3 speakers, and at least one facilitator. There is no participant limit for Fireside chats.

 

Community lab

A roundtable, without the table. These “in-the-round” sessions are participant-driven and foster interactive discussions.

Strategy session

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.

Program FAQs

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.

Great! You can take our survey to submit comments and feedback on your experience as a RightsCon participant. If you are a session organizer, a separate survey is open for you in the Program Platform.

Recorded Panels, Fireside Chats, Lightning Talks, and Tech Demos will remain available for registered participants in the RightsCon Online platform to view after the summit ends. We will start to remove content in September 2020, but certain sessions will be available on Access Now’s official YouTube channel in perpetuity.

If you are the organizer of a Panel or Fireside Chat for RightsCon Online, contact us at [email protected] to receive the recording of the session. Please note that Community Labs and Strategy sessions are not recorded, but collaborative note-taking documents will remain available to organizers, speakers, facilitators, and participants to access.

You can access the RightsCon Program Platform at rightscon.secure-platform.com. The platform is where you can check your applications, proposals, and sessions.

When we decided to pivot to an online summit, we reopened our review of the 2020 Call for Proposals for a second round, and revised our session selections based on the programmatic priorities identified by the community survey. We also conducted targeted outreach to members of our community who could address emerging global and regional issues that were not covered in the Call for Proposals, including the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice protesting and organizing, and more.

We would like to specifically thank the members of our 2020 Program Committee, who went above and beyond during this transition, and offered strong recommendations for sessions and speakers. Their support allowed us to fill critical gaps in our online programming and create a strong roster of sessions that represents the full spectrum of issues our community works on. Click to view the 50+ experts from around the world who comprised our Program Committee this year.

All sessions in the public program are 60 minutes in length.

Unfortunately, we are unable to directly support translation or interpreter services, due to the volume of sessions in our program; however, depending on the session format, session organizers may secure these services in their own capacity. In the online program, we will note sessions that will be conducted in other languages, to assist participants with finding the right session for them.

The RightsCon Online 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. A special thank you to the below experts who helped us shape the agenda for 2020 and transition this year’s program online

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

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

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

Isedua Oribhabor

Isedua Oribhabor

U.S. Policy Analyst, Access Now

Winnie Makokha

Winnie Makokha

Mozilla Community, Environment, Health, and Safety Practitioner

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