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Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Event Type:
Mike Rispoli
Mike Vanhoven 651-470-1311
Location Details:
Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street,
San Francisco, CA

This upcoming Tuesday, Oct. 25, Access will convene the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference ( in Silicon Valley (San Francisco actually). The conference is the first of its kind: a meeting of vital industry players with those on the front lines fighting for digital freedom. Together, we will examine and explore how the high-tech industry can better plan for and manage the human rights implications of their technologies.

Nearly 500 leaders in business, civil society, and government are slated to attend, and we have an incredible lineup of more than 90 speakers over the course of the two-day program. You may already know that our roster includes the likes of:

Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State
John Markoff, New York Times correspondent
Alex Macgillivray, Twitter General Counsel
Robert Scoble, Tech evangelist
Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Van Jones, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Even the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent a welcome video message to the Conference.

We are very excited, though, to share with you that Access has arranged to bring several activists and bloggers from the front lines to participate in the conference, like Ugandan journalist Rosebell Kagumire, and award-winning Lebanese blogger Imad Bazzi. It is through their participation that we will carry the lessons of this unique gathering far beyond the walls of the conference center.

We also want to extend an invitation to all the members of the global movement to participate and help make this a huge success. Here's what you can do:

1: WATCH the conference online at Just because you can't be in Silicon Valley with us doesn't mean you have to miss out. Streaming will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. PST until 6 p.m. PST, then on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. PST until 5 p.m. PST.

2: TWEET about the conference using #rightscon or @accessnow, and follow us on Facebook at

3. SHARE the goals of Access with your friends and ask them to join the movement. Forward this email to them now! Join here!

4. DONATE to the global movement. Every dollar you give goes to ensuring citizens around the world can enjoy the right to a free and open internet. Donate here!

Thank you, from the entire Access team, for helping us keep the Internet open and secure. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days!

With determination,
Brett, Joe, Jochai, Gustaf, Daniel, Lela, Asie, Mike, Raegan, Aasil, Myles, Eric, Christina, Rissa, Lisa, Joanna, Matt, Keisha, Cedric, and the rest of the Access team

Note that the various meetings at the conference will be streamed live, for free, at . In person attendance is sold out.
Added to the calendar on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 7:49AM
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