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Welcome to the Official Schedule for RightsCon 2019, the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age.

Together at RightsCon Tunis, our first summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, more than 2500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of our human rights.

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Justice and Jurisdiction and the Rule of Law [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 12


Future-Proofing Human Rights Documentation: Tools for Protecting Endangered Evidence
This panel will bring together those working in various capacities in the human rights field including advocates, lawyers, technologists, usability experts, archivists, and others interested in creating tools and standards and increasing their adoption in the wider community towards the common goal of holding abusers accountable through the ethical collection and preservation of evidentiary media. Our panel will be highly participatory where we will share our experiences, perspectives, and use cases of how community & larger organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, are integral in the evolution of emergent tools like OpenArchive and ProofMode to standardize workflows, create and securely share, and preserve documentation they collect from the field. We will discuss the research and development process, threat models, state of technology, and learn more about the challenges attendees face around media collection/preservation/access. We will focus on knowledge sharing, interaction, engagement, and feedback that will help inform the evolution of OpenArchive, SecureDrop, Guardian Project, Meedan, WITNESS’ projects, and others. It will be a group-based discussion, where we will share our different areas of expertise within the human rights open source technological landscape and learn about the participants’ backgrounds and needs, followed by a discussion of opportunities and challenges.



Meedan builds digital tools for global journalism and translation. We are a team of designers, technologists and journalists who focus on open source investigation of digital media and crowdsourced translation of social media.

Dia Kayyali

Program Manager, tech + advocacy, WITNESS
Dia Kayyali coordinates WITNESS’ tech + advocacy work, engaging with technology companies and working on tools and policies that help human rights advocates safely, securely and ethically document human rights abuses and expose them to the world.
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Natalie Cadranel

Founder & Director, OpenArchive
Natalie is the founder and director of OpenArchive, a free, open-source mobile--archive project for those managing sensitive mobile media. Leveraging the efforts of the Internet Archive, Tor, the Guardian Project, and Creative Commons, this media ecosystem gives history's first responders... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oya 1 (Laico)
Thursday, June 13


Law Enforcement and the Internet of Things
In the past few years reporting about law enforcement seeking smart home device recordings and fitness device data have captured the public’s attention. It became more apparent through these stories that while “Internet of Things” devices may introduce new conveniences, they also produce more granular records about our day to day activities. And these records be of interest to the government. This panel will explore some of the privacy concerns attendant to law enforcement access to IOT data, how this data can aid law enforcement investigations and the efforts by law enforcement to ensure such access, and some of the predicted issues the introduction of IOT data as evidence in court will raise.

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Mana Azarmi

Policy Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology
I'm on the Security & Surveillance team, formally titled the Freedom, Security & Technology Project. I work on government electronic surveillance.

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Jennifer Lynch

Surveillance Litigation Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Jennifer Lynch is a senior lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and works on privacy and civil liberties issues. She challenges government surveillance technologies like location tracking, face recognition, and DNA collection through the courts and works to promote privacy-protective... Read More →
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Ilia Siatitsa

Legal Officer, Privacy International
Talk to me about the right to privacy and beyond - focusing on human rights issues arising at the intersection of privacy and technology, interested in surveillance and data exploitation by governments and corporations.Find more at https://privacyinternational.org/people/3004/dr... Read More →
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Daniel Drewer

Data Protection Officer, Europol

Thursday June 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Cyrene (Laico)
Friday, June 14


Tunis +13¾: From the Tunis Agenda to RightsCon Tunis, it’s been a lifetime of internet governance
Where has internet governance been and where is it headed? Meet some of the elders of the internet as we unpack the history of the Tunis Agenda from 13¾ years ago - and what that means today as we convene again in Tunis at RightsCon 2019. Learn about the current governance debate and its history from the people who helped draft one of its founding documents.

The World Summit on the Information Society convened in Tunis back in 2005 (13+13¾ years ago) and launched the Tunis Agenda. We will reflect on what happened during Tunis back in 2005, focus on what was achieved – including the establishment of the IGF itself (Article 72!) - and what has not yet happened – for example, the Digital Solidarity Fund (Article 28) - Together, we will engage in and think through how to keep the Tunis Agenda alive and thriving for another 13¾ years. Join us for this historically important reconvening as we grapple with the realities and challenges of today's digital world.

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Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights
Rebecca MacKinnon is a leading advocate for digital freedom of expression and privacy around the world. Author of the award-winning book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012), she is founding Director of the Ranking Digital Rights... Read More →
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Brett Solomon

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Access Now
Brett is the Executive Director of Access Now, defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support, RightsCon and grant-making, Access Now fights for human rights in the digital... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Caspian (Palais)