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    RightsCon Toronto

    Dear Friends,

    We’re inviting you to set the agenda at
    RightsCon Toronto
    (May 16-18, 2018) by designing and building a session through our Call
    for Proposals, open until
    November 24, 2017.

    We’re particularly excited to see your submissions under the track for Digital
    Tech and Sustainable Development, as well as Environment, Health, Land, and Labour. We are looking to expand the program on these issues for this year’s event, and it will be an excellent opportunity for collaboration across sectors.

    Why lead a RightsCon session?

    RightsCon is home to the world’s leading community of movers and shakers in
    the digital age. The event brings together policy makers, business leaders, government representatives, technologists, campaigners, and human rights defenders from around the world.
    RightsCon Toronto is set to be our biggest and most impactful event yet, with over 2000 participants from 110 countries and 750 organizations.

    Leading a session is the
    best way to make a direct impact
    at RightsCon: from identifying and mapping problems, to connecting with the right allies and partners, and workshopping solutions and ultimately driving change. By getting involved in the program
    and setting the agenda, you will gain expert insight, build new strategic partnerships, and influence global norms.

    What does a RightsCon session
    look like?

    Timely, engaging, outcomes-oriented, and creative. We suggest you start by reading
    our submission guide,
    as it offers helpful tips and suggestions for what makes a great proposal! There are many different formats you can choose from:

    Need to get our community together to problem-solve a major challenge? Design
    a Fishbowl.
    Want to launch or showcase a new internet freedom product? Do a
    Tech Demo.
    Have a specific policy or advocacy strategy you want to map out? Lead a
    Looking to give a crash course on a recent development in your field? Give a
    Lightning Talk.

    There’s no one-size-fits-all approach in setting the RightsCon agenda, but the
    key to a successful session is picking the right format to engage participants and achieve your objectives. Still not sure which format is best? We’re here to help, email us at

    Attending RightsCon 2018

    are on sale now in
    Early Registration pricing! To celebrate the start of ticket sales, we’re offering another 20% -- just use the promo code
    OFF20. These tickets tend to run out fast, and will soon return to regular pricing! Be sure to act now if you
    want to get the best deal on your ticket for RightsCon Toronto.

    Speakers, Local Champions, and
    Community Participants

    This year, we’re strengthening our RightsCon community in a few ways, including
    with a new local champions initiative. You can check out our
    community page to learn more. In the meantime, here’s a sample of who you can expect to see
    and meet at RightsCon Toronto!
    Tara Denham,
    Director, Democracy Unit, Global Affairs Canada
    Harlem Désir,
    Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
    Amira Elghawaby,
    National Representative, Digital Communications at the Canadian Labour Congress, Contributing Editor & Board Member at Rabble
    Annie Game,
    Executive Director, IFEX
    Elinor Buxton,
    Senior Cyber Research Analyst, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
    Michael Posner,
    Director at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
    John Ralston Saul,
    Co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship, author
    Kelsey Merkley,
    Public Lead, Creative Commons Canada
    Julie Owono,
    Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontières
    Kyung-sin Park,
    Director, Open Net Korea
    Fereidoon Bashar,
    Co-Director, ASL19
    Nighat Dad,
    Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation
    Ronaldo Lemos,
    Director of the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio
    Dmitri Vitaliev,
    Farhaan Ladhani,
    CEO and Co-Founder at Perennial
    David Kaye,
    UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
    Walid Al-Saqaf,
    Board Trustee for the Internet Society (ISOC)
    Eileen Donahoe,
    Executive Director & Adjunct Professor at the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
    Alison Gibbins,
    Tech Community Engagement Lead, Royal Bank of Canada
    Sarah Saska,
    CEO, Feminuity
    Camille Francois,
    Principal Researcher, Jigsaw
    Judith Lichtenberg,
    Executive Director at Global Network Initiative
    Hans de Zwart,
    Director, Bits of Freedom
    Gabriella Coleman,
    Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, McGill University
    Ron Deibert,
    Director of the Citizen Lab, author, and co-founder of Psiphon
    Alice Klein,
    CEO, NOW Magazine
    Laura Tribe,
    Executive Director, Open Media
    Michael Geist,
    Professor, University of Ottawa
    Plus many more!

    We’d love for you to join us at
    this important event. If you have any questions about your session proposal, registration, or our ticket discounts and special rates, please let us know, by contacting me or our RightsCon Director, Nick Dagostino, at

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