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Community Voices: Don’t miss these Access Now grantees at RightsCon Toronto

If you are joining us at RightsCon in Toronto, hopefully you have already started exploring the program and curating your personal schedule. This is quite a challenging task this year with nearly 20 sessions happening simultaneously, every one of which will tackle a critical aspect of human rights in the digital age.

With so many amazing sessions to choose from, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the contribution that Access Now grantees are making to the program and to the RightsCon community, and encourage you to check out some of the sessions they are speaking on and organizing. Please note that, due to concerns for their security, we can’t publicly disclose all Access Now grantees.

Access Now Grants’ mission is to defend and extend the digital rights of users, especially those most at risk. Civil society around the globe is working under increasingly difficult circumstances, against targeted censorship, restrictions on operations, and threats to their physical safety. And for human rights defenders, women, LGBTQI people, journalists, and others, the very act of posting something on social media is often an act of defiance and extraordinary courage. As the digital space becomes central to human rights battles, it is also a space where marginalization, societal discrimination, and violence can be reproduced and even amplified. Access Now recognizes that we need more activists around the world, better resourced to fight alongside us for human rights in the digital age. We are proud to support the critical work of the following organizations and groups, and many others that we cannot list here:

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Thursday May 17th

Friday May 18

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