Create. Collaborate. Connect. RightsCon is back, and we want your submissions

On March 30-April 1, we’ll hold RightsCon 2016, returning once again to Silicon Valley.

Engaging across sectors is more important than ever

 This year will see a bigger, brighter, and better RightsCon, more dynamic and outcome-oriented than ever before. RightsCon brings together activists, visionaries, technologists, businesses, lawyers, civil society members, and engineers to advance the issues at the intersection of the internet and human rights.

We are just starting to organize our attendee list, but our current speakers include:

David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression;

Joe Cannataci, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy;

Eileen Donahoe, Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch;

Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF);

Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft;

Jillian York, Director for International Freedom of Expression at EFF;

Barton Gellman, Journalist, bestselling author, and Pulitzer Prize-winner on the global surveillance disclosure;

Walid Al-Saqaf, Board Trustee for the Internet Society and postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm University.

Become a program session organizer and help shape the discussion at RightsCon

We’ll tackle topical and current issues in the digital sector such as encryption and cybersecurity, intermediary liability and data center location, transparency reporting and best practices on user trust, the growing internet of things, complex compliance and regulatory environments, and much more. Our inclusive program sub-themes this year include:

  • Human Rights, Trade, and Business
  • Network Discrimination and Connectivity
  • Privacy and Digital Security
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Internet Governance and Digital Inclusion

Do you have an idea for a session? If so, here’s how to submit:

Visit the program session submission form located on the RightsCon website. Prior to submitting your proposal, read our submission process page for information on the RightsCon style, the submission evaluation process, differing session formats, and more.

The deadline for submissions is December 4, so we encourage you to make your submission as soon as possible. And please help us spread the word by sharing this post with your colleagues, community members, and fellow activists!

RightsCon will also be home to a number of satellite events, including the second session of our Crypto Summit. You can check out video from the first session.

Registration for RightsCon 2016 is already open, and tickets are now available at special early registration pricing. For more information about tickets, as well as other event information, visit our Event Info page. For more information about RightsCon, please contact us at [email protected]