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RIGHTSCON ONLINE 2020
Date: Monday, July 27th (9:00 AM EST) — Friday, July 31st (9:00 PM EST)
Accesability: Only registered attendees will be able to participate in fireside chat, strategy sessionsm, community labs and roundtables . These will only be available to registered attendees who register. Regestration is FREE.
Code Of Conduct: https://www.rightscon.org/code-of-conduct/
Originally called the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, RightsCon rotated annually between San Francisco and another global city. Now, RightsCon visits new host cities each year that are power centers for technology and human rights.
RightsCon Online (July 27–31, 2020) is bringing together a community of experts from around the world to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of technology and human rights. We will host 300 sessions across 10 program tracks, covering everything from public health in the digital age to elections and democracy to environmental and racial justice.
Think of it as a sister companion to Hackers on Planet Earth, this convention focuses on the impact of technology in human society from censorship, net nutrality, activism, digital rights, security and privacy. Organized by the folks at Access Now and vetted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this convention is not only about discussion critical issues of online infrastructre BUT taking action during the covention to change the horrible status quo the FCC has put us in.
Just like their in-person events, participants are required to register ahead of the summit. This is an important part of our safety and security process that helps us provide a safe and productive environment for everyone to gather. If you’re already registered, head on over to the RightsCon Online platform to start planning your agenda. If you missed the registration deadline, or aren’t able to participate fully throughout the entire week, not to worry. There are still plenty of ways you can connect with fellow members of the RightsCon community, learn from experts in the field, share resources, and take advantage of this moment to move forward our collective agenda for human rights in the digital age.
Every year, while the RightsCon venue is buzzing, the public conversation around #RightsCon on social media is just as lively. We encourage you to join in, ask questions, share your work, and take the opportunity to connect with the RightsCon community.
They will be updating the Access Now YouTube channel each day with a selection of panels, fireside chats, and press conferences from across the RightsCon Online program. These sessions will cover a broad range of issues — from racial justice in AI, to indigenous connectivity, to press freedom — with experts from around the world, including:
Above all, RightsCon is about making things happen. Whether we’re coming together in person or online, we do so with a focus on action. We are here to ask the hard questions, to share knowledge, inspire new and creative ideas, to build a more resilient global community of human rights defenders, and to bring about real change, especially for those most at risk. Here are a few ways to be a part of that collective action:
Ethiopia has been engulfed in protest, unrest, and violence for weeks following the murder of a popular Oromo musician and social activist. Facebook has failed to prevent the spread of calls for violence targeting Oromo people on its platform, putting lives at risk. Take action now to join the call for Facebook to stop allowing its tools to promote violence, hate, and discrimination.
SIGN THE LETTER
Around the world, governments are flipping the “kill switch,” blocking access to the internet and leaving people in the dark. In this six-part series, members of the #KeepItOn coalition explore how internet shutdowns are impacting people’s daily lives around the world and what we’re doing to fight back. Listen in to learn more about the global movement to end internet shutdowns and how you can help #KeepItOn.
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In Egypt, more than 60,000 people are in prison for speaking out for media freedom, democracy, and basic human rights. One of those human rights defenders currently behind bars is Alaa Abdel Fattah, a symbol of liberation and key leader of the 2011 Egyptian uprising, and a friend of the global digital rights community. Now, authorities are also holding Alaa’s sister Sanaa Seif on charges of “misusing social media” for her tireless efforts to end the injustices her brother and others have suffered, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in calling on Egypt’s government to immediately release Alaa, Sanaa, and all detained human rights defenders.
Do a check-up on your digital security
Each of us has a role to play in strengthening the security and resilience of our communities, and RightsCon Online is the perfect opportunity for us to all ensure we are engaging, sharing, and connecting online in ways that don’t put ourselves or the people we care about at risk. In Access Now’s most recent edition of Digital Security Bingo, we focused on some of the most pressing threats for LGBTQ folks, but everyone is welcome to play along! If you are currently experiencing a digital security issue, you can use the Digital First Aid Kit to find resources and get support from a trusted network of rapid responders. Civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and journalists can also reach out directly to the Access Now Digital Security Helpline for 24/7 assistance.
EFF at RightsCon
Several EFF staffers will be participating in panel discussions, hosting lightning talks, and speaking about EFF issues before and during the conference. Here are some hilights:
Social media platforms: Are they art’s new gatekeepers?
July 29, 2020–11:15am EST
EFF’s Jillian C. York will join a RightsCon virtual panel organized by Artists at Risk Connection.
Workshop on the Criminalization and Protection of Digital Rights Defenders
July 30, 2020–10:15am EST
Virtual Rightscon 2020
Join EFF’s Danny O’Brien and a global community of advocates for imprisoned or threatened technologists, online writers and digital rights activists, as they discuss the current state of play in a number of key cases around the world: from Ola Bini in Ecuador to Alaa Abd El-Fattah in Egypt.
RightsCon: Facial Challenges
July 30, 2020–12:00pm EST
Join, nash, EFF Associate Director of Community Organizing, alongside Dorothy Mukasa, Fanny Hidvegi, and Ruslan Dairbekov for this roundtable strategy session on responding to abusive facial recognition systems; hosted by The Information Society Project at Yale Law School.
RightsCon: American PII and the United State(s) of Privacy Law
July 30, 2020–3:45pm -4:45pm EST
RightsCon Panel #7909
American PII and the United State(s) of Privacy Law
The debate around state and federal data protection laws is raging in the United States. Separate states have passed a variety of laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act, and more states are considering proposals. At the same time, members of Congress in DC have introduced several bills on data protection, with significant variance in how much protection they would actually provide. Speakers will survey the current state of these debates, including the positive and negative aspects of the various federal and state laws and proposals, discuss what a data protection law must contain — and what it should not — including how to build on current laws like the GDPR.
Speakers will engage in a discussion about likely next steps toward passing a law and ways individuals can meaningfully engage in the process.
Moderator: Amie Stepanovich, Executive Director, Silicon Flatirons
Keir Lamont, Policy Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association
Eric Null, United States Policy Manager, Access Now
Hayley Tsukayama, Legislative Activist, EFF