The Rio de Janeiro Human Rights & Technology Conference
9:39am | 10 April 2012 | by Mike Rispoli, English
Access is excited to announce the Rio de Janeiro Human Rights & Technology Conference, to be held May 31st and June 1st in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For more information, including registration, event details, and updates, please go to www.rightscon.org/rio.
After the success of the 2011 Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, we decided to take the series on the road and examine current digital rights issues through an international lens. RightsCon: Rio will have a particular focus on Latin America, a region with significant investment opportunities and challenges, and the crossover lessons that can be applied elsewhere. The conference aims to promote high-level, candid conversations between businesses, governments, and civil society on intersection of human rights and technology. We are partnering with the Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Center for Technology & Society, a leading Brazilian think tank, to make this event a success.
Confirmed speakers include: Andrew McLaughlin (EVP of Tumblr), Markus Kummer (VP for Public Policy at ISOC), Romulo Neves (Ministério das Relações Exteriores, Brazil), Rafal Rohozinski (CEO of the SecDev Group), Carlos Affonso Sr. (from the CGI.br), Eileen Donahoe (US Ambassador to the Human Rights Council), Jake Appelbaum (from Tor), Luis Lucatero (COFETEL-Mexico), Marietje Schaake (Member of European Parliament), and Thor Halvorssen (President and CEO of the Human Rights Foundation).
Here’s what you can expect to see in Rio:
- Keynotes from some of the biggest names in technology and human rights;
- Fifteen panels including “Bridging the digital divide: Mobile, telecoms, and the future of the internet in Latin America,” “Social Media in Times of Crisis,” “Freedom of expression, internet filtering, and court rulings,” and “Intellectual property in emerging economies;
- A pre-conference workshop for local activists hosted by the Guardian Project on issues surrounding mobile privacy, security, and safety;
- A human rights hackathon co-sponsored by the Tor Project and the New America Foundation’s Open Internet Tools Project;
- Private round tables where executives and engineers, politicians and policy analysts can exchange ideas and share perspectives on technology and human rights issues.
Sponsors for RightsCon: Rio include Facebook, Mozilla, 4Shared, Internet Society, and CNSeg.
More information can be found at the conference's website, http://www.rightscon.org/rio/.
Access is an international NGO the promotes open access to the internet as a means of free, full and safe participation in society and the realization of human rights. The Fundação Getulio Vargas is one of the leading think tanks in Brazil, recognized worldwide for its constant search for modernity and innovation.