RightsCon 2025 in Taipei and online

Each edition of RightsCon convenes business leaders, policy makers, general counsels, government representatives, technologists, academics, journalists, and human rights advocates from around the world to tackle pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and technology. RightsCon is where the global community comes together to build strategies and drive forward change toward a more free, open, and connected world.

For its 13th edition, Access Now is excited to host RightsCon 2025 in Taipei, Taiwan and online from Monday, February 24 to Thursday, February 27, marking our first summit in East Asia and a return to the Asia Pacific region after a decade.

As a leading democracy in the region, Taiwan is recognized globally for the freest online environment and greatest human freedom in Asia, a whole-of-society approach to human rights, and a vibrant civil society community. As the routine location of large-scale international events, coupled with the rapidly growing presence of international NGOs and global tech companies, we look forward to convening our community in Taipei.


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Meet a few of the organizations who join us year-after-year

Amnesty International
Digital Security Lab
Global Partners Digital
Human Rights Watch
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Freedom House Logo
Open Net Logo
Privacy International Logo
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For over a decade, we’ve welcomed leaders from around the world

RightsCon features prominent voices from companies, governments, foundations, think tanks, civil society organizations, universities, and international institutions. Check out a small selection of the experts that joined us throughout the last 12 years.

RightsCon speakers have included

Amandeep Singh Gill

United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology

Timnit Gebru

Founder and Executive Director, Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR)

Brett Solomon

Co-Founder, Access Now

Jacinda Ardern

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Will Cathcart

Head of Whatsapp, Meta

Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen

Tech Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Denmark

Kent Walker

President, Global Affairs, Google & Alphabet

Meredith Whittaker

President, Signal

Pedro Vaca Villareal

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Nabiha Syed

CEO, The Markup

Epsy Campbell Barr

President, Permanent Forum on People of African Descent, United Nations; Former Vice President of Costa Rica

Brad Smith

President, Microsoft

Irene Khan

United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion

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Paola Vega Castillo

Minister, Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Government of Costa Rica

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Erika Cheung

Theranos Whistleblower; Executive Director, Ethics in Entrepreneurship

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Emel Mathlouthi

Tunisian Musician, Producer, and Activist, “The Tunis Diaries”

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Valeriia Ionan

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Digital Transformation, Government of Ukraine

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Tawana Petty

Director of Community, Algorithmic Justice League

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Samantha Power

Administrator, United States Agency for International Development

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John Githongo

CEO, Inuka

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Maria Ressa

Co-founder & CEO, Rappler; Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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Angela Hession

Global VP of Trust and Safety, Twitch

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Vint Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

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Chelsea Manning

Security and Hardware Optimization Advisor, Nymtech

“The issues that RightsCon addresses deserve leader-level attention … these are some of the most important issues that we could be talking about today.” (2022)

Jacinda Ardern

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Mutale Nkonde

“This was my first RightsCon conference and what an experience it was, hosting a conversation about healing, hope and protest was just what I needed during a summer during which Black people were grappling with mass deaths through COVID and evidence that we are still continually hunted and killed by the police. […] I hope this will be the beginning of a long relationship with RightsCon as they think about how anti-racist policies and practices can become part of human rights frames.” (2020)

Mutale Nkonde

CEO AI for the People, Key Constituent of the UN 3C Round Table on AI
Matt Peacock

“RightsCon is the Davos of Digital Rights.” (2017)

Matt Peacock

Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone Group
Alejandro Mayoral Banos

“RightsCon is an online and offline space to build relationships on the digital rights’ agenda among actors and communities from diverse sectors and geographical locations. It allows people to imagine and strategize in the same space how digital technologies can create better and safer understandings between different societies.” (2019)

Alejandro Mayoral Banos

Executive Director, Indigenous Friends Organization
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

“I must say I’m amazed. It’s enormous. It gathers people from the NGOs, academics, private sector – a convergence and divergence of all these people.” (2018)

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Chair and President of the CNIL
Gbénga Sèsan

“I mean where have you been if you haven’t been to RightsCon! This is where you get to do the real work… It’s where you get to meet people who you can mentor, who want to do what you’re doing, where you can meet people who have done what you’re trying to do, who can mentor you, and it’s where you can meet your peers, so you know you’re not the only crazy person who wants to save the world.” (2018)

Gbénga Sèsan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative
Bec Hamilton

“Perhaps the most striking, joyous, part of it was being at a conference where diversity in all its forms was essential to its lifeblood – in contrast to most conferences I attend where diversity is too often thought of in terms of checking boxes.”

Bec Hamilton

Assistant Law Professor, American University

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