RightsCon Toronto


May 16 - 18, 2018

RightsCon Toronto will take place from Wednesday, May 16 to Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Access Now is thrilled to bring the seventh installment of RightsCon to Canada’s largest city for RightsCon Toronto. RightsCon Toronto will be our most important summit yet, with projections of 2,000+ active participants. This year’s program will explore pressing issues including innovation policy in Canada, free expression and protection of global journalism, gender diversity and digital inclusion, encryption and cybersecurity, and many other topics relevant to keeping the internet free, open, and secure worldwide.Since 2011, we’ve convened the global digital rights community in many power centers around the world. For 2018, we shifted our traditional return to San Francisco, deciding to move RightsCon to a place that embodies our core principles of human rights, diversity, and inclusion. Not only is Toronto a dynamic tech hub in a country that stands counter to recent global trends of isolationism and exclusion, it’s also one of the world’s most diverse cities.Want to know who you will join at RightsCon Toronto? Get more information about speakers and participants here.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can buy a ticket for RightsCon Toronto through Eventbrite by clicking here.

The draft program and schedule for RightsCon Toronto is available here.

RightsCon Toronto 2018 will be held at The Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada.

One of Canada's 'greenest' conference centres, The Beanfield Centre will provide the RightsCon community ample programming space and modern facilities. Below are directions to get to the venue.

From Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ):

Are you driving? Follow ON-427 South and Gardiner Expressway East to Lake Shore Blvd West. Take the Lake Shore Blvd/Jameson Ave exit from Gardiner Expressway East. Continue on Lake Shore Blvd West until you arrive at Princes' Blvd. Proceed to The Beanfield Centre at 105 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3.

Are you taking transit? From Pearson International Airport, take the UP Express Pearson Airport to Union Station. When you arrive at Union Station, walk to Front St. West at Simcoe St. West Side and take the 121 West - 121A Fort York-Esplanade Towards Fort York. Get off at Princes' Blvd at Strachan Ave and walk to the Beanfield Centre at 105 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3.

From Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ):

Are you driving?: Turn right onto Eireann Quay and take Lake Shore Blvd W to Newfoundland Rd. Continue on Newfoundland Rd to Princes' Blvd. Proceed to The Beanfield Centre at 105 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3.

Are you taking transit? From Billy Bishop Airport, walk North to Bathurst St at Queens Quay West North Side. Take the 509 West - 509 Harbourfront towards Exhibition. Get off at Manitoba Drive at Strachan Ave West Side and walk to the Beanfield Centre at 105 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3.

From Union Station:

If you've taken the train, or transit you may find yourself at Union Station. To get to the venue from Union Station you can take the 509 West - 509 Harbourfront Towards Exhibition. Get off at Manitoba Drive at Strachan Ave West Side and walk to the Beanfield Centre at 105 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3.

Staying at Hotel X?

Hotel X is located right next to The Beanfield Centre at 111 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON.

Toronto Transit Tickets and Information:

TTC  - 1 (416) 393-4636

UP Express Ticket information

Toronto has plenty of great hotel options and fantastic restaurants to choose from. We've made this interactive map to help you find some of the best spots!

Want to stay in a hotel nearby the conference venue?

Hotel X: Conveniently located next door to the Beanfield Centre. To make a reservation, please click here

The Hilton Garden Inn: To make a reservation, please click here.

Are you looking for an alternative to hotels?

We suggest checking out Airbnb options in the city here.

Affordable accommodation is also available through the University of Toronto residence program. More information on how to book is available here. Be sure to use the promo code RIGHTSCON2018 on your reservation form.

We recommend booking as soon as possible, as availability will reduce and costs will rise as the event gets closer!

Yes! We're running a CLE course called "Ethical Duties in the Digital Age: Encryption Done Dirt Cheap." You can learn more about the program and speakers here. Ready to register? You can do so here.

RightsCon participants are a global community of business leaders, policy makers, general counsels, government representatives, technologists, and human rights defenders. You can see a full list of public participants for RightsCon Toronto here.

For all the information you need to know about traveling to RightsCon, including details about the visa process, please visit our Travel and Visa Information page here.

Yes! Our volunteers are an important part of making RightsCon Toronto happen. If you're interested in being a volunteer, please fill out this form here.

You can subscribe to the RightsCon Rundown for email updates on program sessions, speakers, event logistics, and more here!

Access Now is committed to making RightsCon Toronto 2018 accessible and open to all, which means we are doing our best to make the conference inclusive for participants and speakers from all over the world.

If your session has been accepted as part of the RightsCon Toronto Program, or if you are associated as a speaker in a session, you will receive a menu of discount codes to use for your registration. Due to the nature of this conference, in which a high proportion of the people attending are participating, we are asking that those speakers with the means to do so pay for all or a portion of their tickets. Speakers and session organizers will have the opportunity to receive complimentary tickets.

If you are a speaker or a session organizer representing a company, a funding institution/foundation, government, or an established NGO, we ask that you consider purchasing a ticket at full cost. In doing so, you are helping Access Now support the attendance of activists and technologists who would otherwise not be able to attend. If you are interested in attending, are not part of the program, and have difficulty paying the registration fees, please email us at conference [at] accessnow.org and we will share discount codes. Our policy is that the price of tickets should never prohibit attendance at RightsCon.

Access Now is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization that relies upon the support, investment, and generosity of a variety of stakeholders in order to carry out its mission. This ticket policy helps ensure that we can continue to defend and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world.

Yes! This year at RightsCon Toronto, we're introducing the RightsCon Community Village: a mix-use space where organizations, companies, and institutions to show off their projects, initiatives, tools, and research throughout the conference.

You can learn more about the Community Village and how to apply for exhibition space by clicking here.

The RightsCon Code of Conduct is available here.

As of October 2017, our Code of Conduct is under active review in preparation for RightsCon Toronto 2018.

Access Now is committed to providing funding support to a small number of participants to travel to RightsCon Toronto.

Applications for Travel Support to RightsCon Toronto 2018 are now closed.

The RightsCon Summit Series is brought to you by Access Now.

Access Now is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support, we fight for open and secure communications for all.

We are a team of 40, with local staff in more than 10 locations around the world - Berlin, Brussels, Cordoba, Delhi, London, Manila, Nairobi, New York, San Jose, Tunis, and Washington DC. We maintain four legally incorporated entities - Belgium, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the United States - with our tech, advocacy, policy, granting, and operations teams distributed across all regions.




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