Media Advisory: RightsCon Southeast Asia Next Week in Manila

Hundreds of technologists, companies, governments, and human rights advocates to convene in Manila to discuss privacy, security, corporate responsibility.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Next week, hundreds of global civil society advocates, engineers, activists, lawyers, company representatives, and government officials will convene at the Crowne Plaza Galleria in Manila to discuss the internet and human rights. This will be the biggest such gathering in Southeast Asia hosted by members of civil society.

RightsCon is an annual event, alternating between Silicon Valley in the United States and a regional location. The conference gathers tech companies, civil society organizations, and government officials to discuss pressing policy issues like internet governance and data sovereignty; intermediary liability and cybersecurity; privacy, surveillance and data protection; and net neutrality, innovation, and intellectual property.

For more information about this event, please review our RightsCon Southeast Asia Background and Media Guidelines.

Featured Speakers Include:

Arthit Suriyawongkul
Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator for Thai Netizen Network (TNN)

Bishakha Datta
Executive Director, Point of View; Board Member, Wikimedia Foundation

Charles Mok
Legislative Council, Technology Sector, Hong Kong

Cynthia Wong
Senior Researcher on Internet & Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

Dan Bross
Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft

David Kaye
Special Rapporteur for the United Nations Human Rights Council

Edmon Chung
CEO, DotAsia.org

Gayathry Venkiteswaran
Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

Gbenga Sesan
Executive Director, Paradigm Iniitiative

Htaike Htaike Aung
Co-Founder; Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)

J. Bob Alotta
Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Jacob Appelbaum
Independent Computer Security Researcher & Core Member of Tor Project

Khailee Ng
Managing Partner, 500 Startups. Founder, SAYS.com

Kilnam Chon
EO Networking, Inc, Internet Hall of Fame Global Connector

Libby Liu
President, Radio Free Asia

May-Ann Lim
Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Managing Director, TRPC Pte Ltd, & Convenor, Young Leaders’ Programme Singapore (YLP SG)

Mimin Dwi Hartono
Investigator, Indonesia National Commission on Human Rights

Morgan Marquis-Boire
Director of Security for First Look Media

Naomi Fontanos
Executive Director, Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas

Nilantha Ilangamuwa, Asia Human Rights Commission

Nighat Dad
Executive Director, Digital Rights Pakistan

Professor Park Kyung-sin
Founding Director, Open Net, Professor, Korea University Law School

Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota
Head of the Department of Journalism and Information, at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Rebecca MacKinnon
Director of Ranking Digital Rights Project, New America Foundation

Richard Stallman
Founder GNU Project and Free Software Foundation

Roger Dingledine
Director, Tor Project