RightsCon Toronto

May 16 - 18, 2018

Global Summit on Human Rights in the Digital Age

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 global RightsCon community to Canada’s largest city for RightsCon Toronto. Not only is Toronto a dynamic tech hub, it’s also one of the world’s most diverse cities. RightsCon is a platform that values respect for diversity and inclusion, with human rights as its foundation.

This is our seventh RightsCon, with projections of 2,000+ active participants. You can learn more about our past events here. 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.

Registration is now live, click here to get your tickets.

Event Information

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.

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.

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

This funding is very limited — so we’ve set up some criteria to guide us in making these decisions. To find out if you meet these qualifications and apply, visit our Travel Support Application page.

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 promo 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 in our fight to secure open and secure communications for all by allowing us to better represent the most at risk users around the world.

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.

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.

RightsCon Toronto has a preferred rate with the Hilton Garden Inn. To make a reservation, please see the reservation portal 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.

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!


Program Buckets

The program for RightsCon Toronto (May 16-18, 2018) will explore issues of critical importance, including:


Come have your say and shape the global agenda — host your own session at RightsCon Toronto.

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