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Join us at RightsCon Online: Registration now open!

Registration is now open for RightsCon Online (July 27-31, 2020), the ninth edition of the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age, and the first to take place entirely online.

The summit will be held across five days from Monday July 27, 2020 to Friday July 31, 2020, featuring a program with 200+ sessions and 8+ tracks, spanning multiple time zones, with both live and asynchronous content, so you’ll be able to join from wherever you are.

When we announced we were bringing RightsCon Online, we emphasized the importance of convening – particularly in this moment – as a tool for connecting, strategizing, learning, and moving forward a collective agenda for human rights. We reaffirmed our commitment to providing a platform for a community of experts that is grounded in the same guiding principles of diversity and inclusion that inform our usual ticket discount policy. This year, in light of a shortened registration window and the challenges many in our community are navigating, we’ve opted to waive registration fees for RightsCon Online.

Hosting RightsCon Online to the same standard and quality as an in-person summit does however require significant investment. For this reason, at the end of the registration process, we’ll invite those with the means to contribute – representatives of the private sector or those who have event or travel-specific budgets, for example – to consider supporting the cost of the event and their participation.

Registration is available on the RightsCon Online platform, where you’ll have access to high-level panels, intimate fireside chats, facilitated strategy sessions, interactive community labs, one-on-one and group networking, and private meetings. Across 8+ tracks, this year’s program will cover issues of critical importance, from content governance, disinformation, and online hate to racial justice and discrimination to privacy, digital identity, and surveillance systems, and much more.

Our registration guide has everything you need to prepare for RightsCon Online, including important resources, the timeline leading up to the summit, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Accessing and using the platform

We’re working hard to build an online home for RightsCon that allows for powerful moments of collective convening, focused spaces for strategizing, and stand-alone content for self-directed, asynchronous engagement.

We’re committed to supporting your transition with us online, which is why we’ll soon provide you with a detailed guide with all the tips and tricks to make the most of your RightsCon experience.

The platform will open on July 22, 2020, the week before RightsCon Online, giving you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the space, create a public profile, and build your own personal agenda for the sessions you wish to participate in. You can get a sense of what previous programs have looked like by exploring the agenda for RightsCon Tunis and RightsCon Toronto.

How we’re approaching safety and security

RightsCon is an open space by design, which means registration is available for everyone in our community. As always, whether in person or online, creating a safe space for participants remains our top priority. This priority guided our preparation for last year’s event in Tunis – where we detailed our approach to safety, provided detailed guides, and introduced our security team – and is central to our processes for RightsCon Online.

We recognize the extra considerations we will need to make in hosting RightsCon online. As a result, you can expect to hear from us every step of the way on how we’re working to ensure participation in this new setting is as open, productive, and safe as our in-person convening.

That is why:

  • We’re working to build a secure platform, including by undergoing a full security audit ahead of the event and implementing security protection measures during the event.
  • We’re strengthening our policies and response mechanisms. As always, RightsCon Online will be governed by our Code of Conduct and Participation and Privacy Policy. We’re developing strong response systems online in the case that incidents arise and maintain our right to revoke access should a participant be found in violation of our policies.
  • We’re developing clear communications and guides to ground all participants in a shared set of community values and detail our expectations for engaging in an online setting.

We’re committed to empowering individuals with the information and resources they need to make informed decisions about their participation at RightsCon. If you have concerns or considerations that may impact your involvement in RightsCon, we want to hear from you. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Registration is open now until July 20, 2020 – that’s one week before RightsCon starts

Once registration closes on July 20, 2020, 11:59pm PST, it will no longer be possible to gain access to the RightsCon Online platform. Be sure you secure your registration before this deadline, and encourage your partners across the community to do the same.

This extraordinary moment through which we are living reminds us why we do this work and why convening matters. We are excited to bring the RightsCon experience online and look forward to welcoming you at the end of July. Until then, stay tuned for announcements on speakers, the public program, and the RightsCon Online platform.

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