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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

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Wednesday, May 16
 

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Cost of Freedom in Syria Village Main Stage Artificial Intelligence: Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and Peace Time Threats 206B Some Like it Bot: Can AI Strengthen Global Democracy? 204B "The last DNS bastion: .amazon" 200C Tech Demo Block #1: Data management and visualization 200A Techquity: Ensuring the Future is Shaped by Diverse Innovators 200B Online Criticism, Falsified Court Orders & the Role of Intermediaries: Coping With Takedown Requests of Questionable Legitimacy. 202B Is illicit sharing the imperative future for educational access? 204A The right to record, perpetrator video, and human rights 206A When the government goes phishing. State-sponsored phishing and disinformation campaigns. 206C Community networks: discussing comparative solutions to remove regulatory obstacles 206D Shedding light on Internet Blackouts 201B How to start using data analytics to grow your organization's impact...today! 206D Lightning Talks: The State of Mass Surveillance 2018 205A Unravelling the cloak of secrecy: Oversight and accountability of intelligence 203B Human rights due diligence in telecommunications – is the current practice the good practice? 205C Eye of the Beholder: Government Attempts to Define and Detect "Extremism" 203A The Perfect Storm? Misinformation and Extremist Propaganda 204C The threat to India’s Internet Freedom: Stories of resistance and resilience from India’s Journalists, Activists, and Academics 201C NGO Partnerships for Justice: Using technology to advance victim-centered investigations and litigation of serious crimes 205B Squeezed Between Russia and China. Digital Rights in Central Asia 201A

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Thursday, May 17
 

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Hacia una CUIDAdanía Digital Village Main Stage Data Rights Policy: Do AI Ethics, Privacy and Open Data Activists need each other to succeed? 206C Trickle-Down Progress: Messaging Traps in Strategic Campaigning 201B Changes and Challenges, scary but necessary". Facing challenges in Digital Security Training models and how change could become a fantastic tool to achieve creative solutions 201A Internet Freedom in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Access Denied or Revived? 200B Levelling the Playing Field: Partisan Political Expression in a Digital World 203B Principles into Practice: Crowdsourcing Advocacy Strategies to Promote Digital Rights 206A Social Media Takedowns: Protecting Who? 202B Secure UX Principles: Let's build a checklist for user security and good design 201C Digital Access: Bridging the divide or bringing exclusion? 206D Elections and information disorders in Latin America. 205B Lightning Talks: Responses to Fake News: Blockchain, Critical Thought or Criminalization 205A Breaking the Silence: Digital Media and the Struggle for LGBTQ Rights in Iran 200C The global state of data protection 205C Global Perspectives on Technology Facilitated Violence Against Women and Girls 203A Shooting the messenger: the rise of intermediary liability around the world 204B Fireside Chat with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman and GC Melissa Tidwell 204C LIVE FROM GAZA: Telecon Bridge with Palestinian NGOs, Youth in Gaza City and Khan Younis 200A Smart Cities, Smart Decisions: the personal data of smart city citizens 206B Video Forensics at The New York Times 204A

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Inventing Digital Civil Society Village Main Stage Mobilising the Might of Rights: A Human Rights Based Approach to AI 202B Robots and Rights: Exploring the Impacts of Automation on the Future of Work 203A This Panel May Contain Sensitive Content: Automated Filtering and the Future of Free Expression Online 201B Who Did it? Why we need an International Cyber Attribution Organization to address nation-state attacks in cyberspace 200C Engaging Citizens at Scale in Restrictive Environments 203B My Network. My Choice - An overview of feminist and antipatriarchal autonomous infrastructures, from servers to hackerspaces 204A Tech Demo Block #3: Privacy and digital security for all 200A Addressing the digital divide in Indigenous Communities in North America 201C Prisoners' Rights in the Digital Age 205C Lightning Talks: Quantum Computation, Differential Privacy, and Cybersecurity Threats 205A Harmful Content: Fighting Online Terrorist Incitement and Politically Motivated Disinformation 204B Mind the Shark: Informational Flow in Natural Disasters, from Fake News to Rumors 200B Offline Doesn’t Exist Anymore 205B 10 days before the EU GDPR becomes applicable: are you ready? 204C Human Rights Requirements of Cross-Border Data Demands 201A Promoting LGBTI security and inclusion in the digital world: aligning policies and practices with the UN United Nations Human Rights​'s Global LGBTI Corporate Standards 206B McCarthyism for Muslims 206C Fast-forward to 2030: Can technology break the silos around human rights? 206D

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Mapping Digital Rights in Central America (and how to fund the work) Village Main Stage Lightning Talks: Who Decides? Dominant and Marginalized Voices for the Global Internet 205A Naming, Shaming & Litigating: Access to Human Rights Information Online 201B Reframed! Media Analysis for Digital Inclusion 200B On the Shoulders of Giants: Empowering the Next Generation of Digital Citizens 200C Building resilience: Creative responses to internet censorship + shutdowns 200A Coders Free Speech Rights in The Americas at Risk 201C Defending minority voices on a censored internet 205B Understanding Freedom of Expression in Southeast Asia: Internet Freedom and Online Censorship 203B Can trade agreements such as CPTPP NAFTA and RCEP be used as a tool for advancing digital rights? 204B Is it misinformation or persuasion that is the problem? 206A The Impact of the lack of Network Neutrality on Freedom of Expression in MENA region 204A Organizational Security for Organization Leaders 205C A communication operator's view on investigatory powers and privacy - what's our role? 203A Internet of (Stranger) Things: Privacy threats of the next generation of vulnerable devices 206C Transparency Reporting: The New Frontier 206B Access Now's Heroes at RightsCon 202B Africa’s Digital Rights Secretariat: Net Rights Africa Coalition and its prospects 201A Civic Storytelling at the Frontlines: Connecting Local to Global Narratives 206D Digital Landscapes of Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe: Threats, Opportunities and Resistance 204C

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Friday, May 18
 

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AI'll Be Back: Legal and Ethical Implications With Everyday Uses of Artificial Intelligence Village Main Stage The Robot Wars: Securing Your Drones, Robo-Butlers, and Sexbots from Prying Eyes. 203B Live Recording: Listen up! Podcasting your rights 206A Soft G, hard G, and zhaif: Educational GIF workshop 205B Observing tech in Elections 203A Archer: 25 UC Berkeley engineers present six tech solutions for human rights and corruption investigators 200A Identifying Abusive Behaviour 204A Recasting a Wider Net: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Circumvention During Predicted Censorship Events 202B The Canary at the Back Door 204C Abortion access in restricted settings: Tech challenges and opportunities 206B Mapping Palestine: a hands-on OpenStreetMap Mapathon 200B Can global digital rights survive Europe's Copyright Directive? 206D What have we learned from studying 5 years of Internet Disruptions in Africa? 201A Youth Autonomy and Surveillance Culture: A Rights-based approach 204B Putting Users First: The Responsibility of Tech SMEs to Respect Human Rights 200C Tactics for advancing digital rights in developing economies and challenging political contexts: an RDR perspective 201C Daily Stormer and The Internet Provider's Role in Mitigating Hate Speech 206C Lightning Talks: Ending Hate Speech & Online Violence 205A Tech Against Terrorism - Respecting human rights in tackling terrorist exploitation of the internet 201B Protecting Digital Rights at the City Level: A Unified Agenda 205C

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Big Data, Big Goals, Big Ideas: How Collaboration can Accelerate the SDGs for Girls and Women Village Main Stage Algorithmic transparency: why is it important and how can it be achieved? 203B We can do it! Empathic, citizen-led consensus-building at scale: A workshop for aspiring g0v nobodies 204A Shifting the Script: Workshopping the Workshop 200B Tech Demo Block #5: The fight against internet censorship and surveillance 200A How do we train digital security auditors 201B Frontiers of feminist issues online: understanding the tensions and opportunities at the intersection of innovation, digital rights and security 203A Seen, Tweeted and Heard: It’s time to finally listen to Black women 206A Engineering Secure Products, Soup to Nuts 204B Creating community capacity to respond to smart city initiatives to support data justice and human rights in a connected space 205C Community Infrastructure for Activists: Security and Shut-down Circumvention 200C Net-Neutrality but for platforms? Present and Future of Net Neutrality 206C Could new laws designed to protect us online be harming activism and innovation? 204C Bay Area tech companies and governments: Discovering the art of conversation. 201A Press Conference: Meet the powerful new coalition fighting for transparency and accountability from Facebook in non-Western markets 206D Workers Data Rights - Making sure the human remains in human resources 202B (En)countering hate speech: Let's diversify our solutions 205B Lightning Talks: Transformative Technology in a Changing Global Economy 205A The Internet Giants: concentration in the Internet layers and its impacts to freedom of expression and other human rights 206B

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