Lessons learned at #RightsCon2021

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Last week, we learned a lot of lessons, from virtually attending RightsCon, the world’s biggest summit in this digital age. This year marks the tenth anniversary of this conference, and featured over 1,000 speakers and more than 500 sessions. This resource roundup contains organizations and tools designed to safely connect and collaborate with human rights defenders (HRD’s), professionals, and individuals participating in social activism. 

Organizations: (Click each link to learn more about these resources from our library)

These organizations focus on investigative journalism, offering reliable information, debunking fake news, providing protection and security for activists, and connecting communities 

Investigative Journalism 

Protection and Security

Networking and Communities

Tools for online collaboration and networking: Find all the tools in our library here under the tag RightsCon. 

This new open source platform was made for teachers by teachers.It’s designed to host safe meetings and audiovisual communications for all users. With integrated management, the software allows for any open source developer to adjust and fix bugs.

The Access Now helpline offers 24/7 support and digital security solutions for civil society. It is multilingual, free to use for everybody and works real-time, connecting you to experts on the topics of your interest. 

This content collaboration platform is perfect for storing big files and team-based productivity. You can host calls or video conferences while working real-time. This tool keeps data from leaking into the internet and protects user data. Read more on how they do this here

This application is an open source wiki software that works without a database and a readable syntax which makes it device independent  with low system requirements t. It is designed for collaboration and is easy to customize. 

This collaboration suite protects your data through open source software and encryption. It synchronizes documents in real time and encrypts data that is then translated by your browser, without allowing administrators to access your information. 

This open source voice communication application enables audio conferencing with low bandwidth all around the world with many features and is easy-to-integrate with other programs. 

RiseUp encrypts your internet traffic and protects your data online, without logging into your IP address. 

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated data collection, analysis, and crisis mapping project. ACLED collects the dates, actors, locations, fatalities, and types of all reported political violence and protest events across all regions.

DigLab promotes investigative journalism, allowing people to join investigation projects and present findings, while also serving as a platform for up-to-date news and reports. 

What next?

At #RightsCon2021, we joined a community of human rights defenders and activists to explore different online modalities and global collaborative digital tools. Topics of transparency and safety are central to RightsCon, but this year, emerging issues around the role of technology in activism and human rights promotion through social media were presented. Panelists and community labs taught attendees how to safely and strategically engage with these tactics. 

Digital platforms enable us to organize world-wide protests, sign international petitions, and form teams with staff spread across the world. We encourage you to integrate these tools to build stronger and safer online partnerships. The world is at your fingertips, so start connecting to it. 


What are your thoughts? Leave us a comment below, email us at [email protected], browse our organizations and initiatives in our online library, leave us a comment on Facebook, tweet us @rightsconnected and interact with us on Instagram @rightsconnected.

This blog post was written by Research and Content Coordinator, Victoria Cornelio Diaz and edited by Education and Communications Associate, Sabrina Sanchez.

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