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Welcome to the Official Schedule for RightsCon Toronto 2018. This year’s program, built by our global community, is our most ambitious one yet. Within the program, you will find 18 thematic tracks to help you navigate our 450+ sessions

Please note, this is a draft program. You can expect to see session descriptions and speakers shortly. Coming soon: Build your own customized RightsCon schedule by logging into Sched (or creating an account), and selecting the sessions that you wish to attend. Be sure to get your ticket to RightsCon first. You can visit rightscon.org for more information.

Last updated: Version 1.4 (Updated April 20, 2018) Draft schedule will update regularly. 

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Wednesday, May 16
 

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Lightning Talk Block #16 Room J What does it mean to be a citizen in a digital era? Room C Refugee.Info: Empowerment for Refugees through Connectivity and Information Room N Using crowd-sourced fact-checking chatbot to fight misinformation across closed messenger chatrooms Room O Human Rights versus the Botnets Room F #feministinternet: Where is our movement now and where are we going? Room B Breaking through echo chambers: Is the way we talk about inclusion stopping us from achieving it? Room L Do we need free speech legislation like we need privacy laws? Room Q Cyber Insurance: A Primer for Infosec Community Room I State Hacking and Crypto Wars 2.0 Room D Technologies in Support of Next Generation Climate and Weather Services: Facilitating Integration, Standardization and Incentive Systems Room G Competition Is For Losers: How Can We Scale Collaborations that Challenge the Kleptocrats? Room A Zeroing in on journalism and press freedom in zero-rating initiatives Room R Access My Info: Exposing disconnects between data protection in theory and in practice Room H Documenting ICT companies' impact on civic freedoms & human rights defenders Room M Eye of the Beholder: Government Attempts to Define and Detect "Extremism" Room E Making Human Rights Based Approach to Private Governance of Expression a Reality: A Clear-Eyed Assessment of Important Questions and Critical Challenges Room S Reclaiming Her Voice: Practical Solutions to Online Violence Against Women in Politics and Journalism Room K What could diplomats do better to reinforce civic space? Room P

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Thursday, May 17
 

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Friday, May 18
 

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Reporting on the 2018 Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference Room M Lightning Talk Block #11 Room J Leaks from anonymous online whistleblowing platforms: ¿are they all legitimate and how to verify them? Room O Scaling solutions for CSO's digital security using security protocols with minimum infrastructure Room Q Trainers Unite: Experience Exchange and Skill Building of Digital Security Trainers Room K How does the Kremlin manipulate the Russian IT industry to exert control over the internet Room E Security, digital rights, and location information - making maps that protect, not harm Room C The Big Open: How do we build openness back into the web? Room H Countering Media Manipulation: Linking Research and Action Room B Litigating Internet Shutdowns in Africa: Identifying Blurred Lines and Roadmaps Room P The elephant in the room: the funding dimension of capacity development Room S Unlikely Heroes: 90 Ways to Improve Justice & the Rule of Law Room R What we don’t know about government intelligence sharing – Perspectives from the Global North and South Room D How whistleblowing is changing the world Room F LawyerUp – Building a Legal Community in Support of Digital Rights Room A Don't say you don't know. Learn concrete tools to provide meaningful help to victims of non-consensual pornography on the internet from the Global South Room L Free Speech Is Not Blasphemy Room G Understanding the role of hate speech and fake news as factors in spirals of violence in situations of conflict and armed violence Room I

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Talking the Talk: How libraries, media, and the public can steer algorithmic accountability, model interpretability, and AI ethics (but only after understanding the lingo and research incentives) Room M Freedom Online Coalition Room G Make Your Story Heard: A Podcasting Crash-Course Room A Soft G, hard G, and zhaif: Educational GIF workshop Room B Observing tech in Elections Room D The next generation of collaboration: UC Berkeley students are building tech tools for human security investigations Room N Reconciliation in a Digital Age Room L Recasting a Wider Net: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Circumvention During Predicted Censorship Events Room H Can Rights Be Enforced by Crypto Protocols? Room I Abortion access in restricted settings: Tech challenges and opportunities Room C Mapping Palestine: a hands-on Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Mapathon Room O What have we learnt about 5 years of Internet Disruptions in Africa? Room Q Youth Autonomy and Surveillance Culture: A Rights-based approach Room K Putting Users First: The Responsibility of Tech SMEs to Respect Human Rights Room E Tactics for advancing digital rights in developing economies and challenging political contexts: an RDR perspective Room S Daily Stormer and The Internet Provider's Role in Mitigating Hate Speech Room F Lightning Talk Block #10 Room J Tech Against Terrorism - Respecting human rights in tackling terrorist exploitation of the internet Room R Protecting Digital Rights at the City Level: A Unified Agenda Room P

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