RightsCon 2020 Holds in San José, Costa Rica

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Nikki Gladstone, RightsCon Program and Community Manager
Nikki Gladstone, RightsCon Program and Community Manager

The ninth summit of RightsCon, the world’s leading conference on Human Rights in the digital age, will take place in San José, Costa Rica from June 9 – 12, 2020.

 It is the first time RightsCon will be held in Central America. Previous summits took place in Tunis, Toronto, Brussels, San Francisco, Manila, and Rio de Janeiro.

The conference venue for this year is the vibrant and eco-friendly Costa Rica Convention Centre, a short trip from the Juan Santamaría International Airport.

About 3,000 participants from 130 countries as well as 700 organisations are billed to attend and participate in the important event which brings together policymakers, business leaders, government representatives, academics, journalists and human rights defenders to deliberate on pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and digital technology.

The RightsCon Programme is built from the sessions submitted by a diverse community of civil society organizations, technologists, academics, tech companies, startups, public servants, and lawyers. It’s the guiding pillar of the annual RightsCon summit and helps shape the agenda for human rights in the digital age.

Originally called the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, RightsCon rotated annually between San Francisco and another global city.

Each year, RightsCon visits new host cities that are power centres for technology and human rights. The RightsCon Summit Series is sponsored by Access Now, a group which fights for human rights in the digital age.

Access Now is an international non-profit organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. It is deeply involved indirect technical support, comprehensive policy engagement, global advocacy, grassroots grant-making and conferences.