[Update] DiploFoundation will co-organise two sessions at RightsCon Brussels 2017: 'Data Localisation: Human Rights and Economic Impacts' (Thursday, 30th March, 9:00 am) and 'Trade agreements and electronic commerce – the users' perspective' (Friday, 31st March, 12:00 pm). In addition, Marília Maciel, Digital Policy Senior Researcher at Diplo, will be speaking at the 'Algorithms, memory and oblivion in Latin America' session (Wednesday, 29 March, 12.00 pm).
RightsCon 2017 will be held on 29–31 March, in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting will bring together the global digital rights community, with the aim to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of technology and human rights.
Hosted by Access Now, RightsCon is a global meeting where human rights experts, business leaders, technologists, engineers, investors, activits, and governmental representatives come together to share ideas, build strategies, and showcase new technologies in the area of digital rights. RightsCon meetings alternate each year between Silicon Valley and a globally rotating regional event.
The programme of the conference is shaped by participants, and is designed to address current and emerging issues, such as algorithmic accountability, privacy and data protection, encryption and cybersecurity, transnational trade agreements, the Internet of Things, smart cities and their impact on society, countering violent extremism and hate speech online, etc. All sessions will be clustered in programme tracks: algorithmic accountability and transparency: Shining a light in the black box; Borders and boundaries: jurisdiction, sovereignty, and legal landscapes; Empowering at-risks communities: LGBTQ, children, refugees, and gender; The truth is out there: fake news and grappling with a 'post-truth' narrative; Health, environment, land, and labour: the digitalisation of our world; Show and tell: skills building and knowledge seminars; Stop the hate: countering violent extremism, responding to hate speech; Freedom of expression; The #KeepitOn Summit: fighting shutdowns and network disruptions; Neutral networks and maximum connectivity: ratings, openness and the non-discrimination of the Internet; Tech, democracy, and digital inclusion: an Internet for all?; Global journalism: bloggers, encryption, and media development; Privacy and data protection: new rules and practice for a data planet; The frontier of tech: smart cities, biometrics, and the Internet of everything; Trade agreements and ownership: copyright, liability, and trade wars; States in cyberspace: government hacking, mass surveillance, and citizen rights; Looking after the Internet: governance, institutions, and Internet measurement; Digital security and encryption: protecting us, our content, and our networks; Digital rights: past, global, future; Business and human rights: transparency, accountability, and remedy; and The demo room: a mosaic of tech demos, talks, workshops, and tools.