RightsCon is a human rights conference in the digital ages, it is the world’s leading event that rotates its location each year to new host cities that are mega power centers for understanding and defending human rights and technological innovations, It brings together government representatives, human rights defenders, technologists, government representatives, from all over the world to handle problems and controversies at the intersection of human rights innovation and digital technology such as artificial intelligence, automation, data protection, security of privacy and surveillance, cybercrime and encryption, online harassment, as well as hate speech violent and extremism.
RightsCon 2019 was hosted for the first time in Africa and the Middle East, specifically in Tunis, Tunisia. It was held Tuesday June 11–Friday June 14, at Laico Hotel and the Palais des Congrès.
Inspired by the success of RightsCon Toronto They brought together a global community of the world’s leading experts, policymakers, legal directors, government representatives, technologists, and others. Human rights defenders.
They say bigger is better RightsCon 2019 Tunisia is honestly was no exception, it was the biggest RightsCon gathering ever! They have managed to pack more than 15 thematic tracks and 460+ different sessions into only three big days. At this great mega event there were various ways to engage together by attending satellite events and the famous Community Village (that was brought thanks to so many demands), hanging out together, preparing bilateral meetings, and getting to know each other.
So this year’s program was really on fire there were:
Experts/ specialist presenting interesting new ideas through lightning talks, Community Village, Presentations ……
We are very pleased to say that we were a part of RightsCon 2019, we introduced Arab world internet institute, it’s mission which is “to promote, enable and recognize the power of the internet to benefit the Arab society” it’s vision, philosophy, what we are aiming and fighting for, It provided a great opportunity for AWII to engage with the network, community and build valuable connections with various different organizations, groups, foundations, societies….
One of the many highlights of AWII’s conference attendance that we had got a great positive feedback for it , was introducing and talking about “the Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance” program, that offers participants a great opportunity to better understand the roles of different Internet stakeholders, including ICANN. The program informs and strengthens the regional Internet community to help ensure effective participation in Internet governance. The school also encourages participants to engage in group discussions and projects around key policy issues such as cybersecurity, content regulation, competition access……
Arab world internet institute was a part of a plethora of interesting debates and sessions around controversial issues and so many problems facing internet policies in the Arab societies such as internet governance, surveillance, data protection, gender and privacy. We brought our perspective and what we are fighting for to different emerging topics across the globe, we also were a part of The Community Village it was such a delight opportunity, we had a good time and hang out with various foundations, societies….. We talked about their/our work, services, future plans……
In other hand we have presented through lightning talks interesting new ideas, to a various talented experts across fields on new and controversial issues, subjects, and ideas. Such as (Tales of lawful data protection/ combating misinformation/ understanding and fighting censorship, surveillance, and disinformation around the world/ Trends in transparent tracking and the list goes on….We also interacted and bonded with various different foundations by engaging in several panels as partners and actors we shared our thoughts, suggestions, and constructive recommendation.