Access Now held the first RightsCon in Silicon Valley in 2011 and the second, regionally-focused conference in Rio in 2012. The first two events were sold out with more than 400 opinion leaders from across the sector and the world in attendance.
The 2014 conference, held 3-5 March 2014, headed back to Silicon Valley and leveraged the experience of the two conferences that came before it.
Setting a precedent for future events, 2014 marked the first year Access Now opened up conference programming to the experts: our participants. Working with an all-star programming committee, we accepted and reviewed proposals for innovative, thought-provoking, and outcome-oriented sessions. The product was a stellar program which featured 120 distinct sessions over a period of three days.
The most recent conference on 24-25 March 2015 in Manila highlighted the remarkable work being done in the region. With over 650 attendees from every sector, this most recent RightsCon was an energizing reminder of the existence of a very powerful global digital rights community that is determined to preserve the open internet. Check out highlights from the Southeast Asia conference here.
|"Having human contact between the people who run the [Silicon Valley] companies is very important and timely for most countries that are going through changes, especially those that are struggling trying to achieve democracy in regimes that are not willing to change." — Rosebell Kagumire, Uganda|
|"RightsCon was great. Incredibly substantive, fascinating people doing amazing things. Thanks for making it such a worthwhile trip." — David Kaye, Special Rapporteur, UN|
|"As compared to other conferences, RightsCon had really focused and substantive sessions, and the best part was that almost all the sessions enabled audience participation and interaction between panelists and members of the audience, which usually doesn’t happen." — Farieha Aziz, Director, Bolo Bhi|
|"Thank you for organizing such a terrific and successful RightsCon this year. I realize there are many other Access Now teammates who worked tirelessly to prepare for this conference--an earnest thanks to the entire Access Now organization for working on so many of the causes that Twitter also finds crucial." — Eugene Yi, Public Policy for East Asia, Twitter|
|"Big internet, telecom, security companies talking directly with human rights advocates is something I did not think was possible..." — Anonymous|
|"It is an amazing conference, though it was my first time with the RightsCon. You all made a great job, the conference is an eye opener. Hope to see you all in the next event." — Nilantha Ilangamuwa, Sri Lanka Guardian and Asian Human Rights Commission|