Meedan at #RightsCon19: Meme Campaigns, Endangered Evidence, Chat Apps and Election Disinformation

Meedan is excited to once more join the digital rights community and celebrate human rights at RightsCon from June 11 to 14, 2019 in Tunis. This is going to be first RightsCon summit to be hosted in the MENA area, with 2500+ experts are coming together to shape contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of our human rights across over 450+ sessions.

Meedan will have three team members — Wafaa Heikal, Nat Gyenes and Tom Trewinnard — in 10 sessions. As our work in open source technology expands between verification, translation, annotation, video analysis, archiving and content moderation, we are honored to participate in 6 of the 17 thematic tracks of RightsCon. We look forward to meeting everyone there.

We are also running the RightsCon Translation Lab for the 4th time this year, in collaboration with Access Now, Global Voices Lingua, and Localization Lab, we are looking to translate the best tweets of RightsCon to Arabic, French and Spanish.

The Meedan team is also happy to take part in new session type: Solve My Problem: Disinformation and Internet Shutdowns, guided dialogues for developing strategies to resolve a specific emerging issue. We’re looking forward to join RightsCon Day 0 event focused on UX on Tuesday, June 11th.

On behalf of the Path project at Meedan and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard’s Digital Health Initiative, we’re thrilled to invite you to an informal dinner with RightsCon attendees that have an interest in health and digital rights issues. The dinner will be on Tuesday night, June 11th. For more information please contact

Here’s a detailed guide for all of Meedan’s sessions — we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 12 • 9:00am — 10:15am
Creating Shared Global Workflows for Social Media Monitoring

Speakers: Nat Gyenes, Jeff Deutch, Tom Trewinnard
Location: Utique

Moderator: Daniel Arnaudo

Host organization: National Democratic Institute, Meedan
Track: The Future of Media in the Age of Misinformation, Strategic Roundtable

Wednesday, June 12 • 10:30am — 11:45am
Defense Against the Dark Arts: Meme Campaigns and Propaganda

Speakers: Caroline Sinders, Wafaa Heikal

Location: Caspian
Host Organization Access Now, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Simply Secure

Track: Show and Tell: Skill-building for Advocacy and Campaigning, Workshop

Wednesday, June 12 • 12:00pm — 1:00pm

Future-Proofing Human Rights Documentation: Tools for Protecting Endangered Evidence

Speakers: Wafaa Heikal, Natalie Cadranel, Dia Kayyali, Seamus Tuohy, Harlo Holmes, Nathan Freitas

Location: Oya 1
Jillian York

Host Organization OpenArchive, Meedan

Track: Justice and Jurisdiction and the Rule of Law, Panel

Thursday, June 13 • 10:30am — 11:45am

Peacebuilding in the Age of Technology

Speakers: Tom Trewinnard, David Carroll, Helena Puig Larrauri, Kate Keator, Diana Dajer

Location: Oya 3

Host Organization JustPeace Labs, The Carter Center
Moderator: Jennifer Easterday

Track: The Impact of Technology on the Sustainable Development Goals, Fishbowl

Thursday, June 13 • 12:00pm — 1:00pm

Tech Demos: Collecting, bridging, and connecting for inclusion
 Bridge: Collaborative Translation Tool

Speakers: Wafaa Heikal, Nat Gyenes

Location:Village Stage

Track: Intersectionality on the Internet: Diversity and Representation

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm — 6:30pm

A Private Matter: Chat apps and journalism
Speakers: Tom Trewinnard, Shalini Joshi, Tai Nalon, Nat Gyenes

Location: Carthage 3
Host Organization International Center for Journalists, Meedan
Moderator: Oren Levine

Track: The Future of Media in the Age of Misinformation, Workshop

Friday, June 14 • 9:00am — 10:15am

Connected investigations: Building an adaptive ecosystem for human rights documentation

Speakers: Tom Trewinnard, Enrique Piracés, Carmen Cheung, Natalie Cadranel

Host Organization HURIDOCS, OpenArchive
Moderator: Friedhelm Weinberg

Track: Democracy and Conflict and Shrinking Civic Spaces, Workshop

Host Organization HURIDOCS, OpenArchive

Friday, June 14 • 10:30am — 11:45am
More Than Words Can Say: Localization as a human rights issue

Speakers: Dragana Kaurin, Nat Gyenes

Host Organization Localization Lab

Track: Intersectionality on the Internet: Diversity and Representation, Fireside Chat

Friday, June 14 • 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Tech Demos: Fact or fiction — tools for verification
 Check and Keep: Advanced Verification and Archival Tools for Journalists and Researchers

Speakers: Wafaa Heikal, Nat Gyenes

Location: Village Stage

Track: The Future of Media in the Age of Misinformation

Friday, June 14 • 1:00pm — 2:00pm

Landmark: Voter Beware! — Microtargeting in Political Elections and Campaigns

Speakers: David Carroll, Varoon Bashyakarla, Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Johnson Liang, Peggy Hicks

Location:The BeeHive
Moderator: Tom Trewinnard

Track: Democracy and Conflict and Shrinking Civic Spaces