RightsCon, June 6-10, is a world leading summit on human rights in the digital age. Nikki Gladstone, RightsCon Director, discusses this conference with Radio Active Magazine regular Spencer Graves, who will be facilitating a workshop as part of this conference.
This conference will include over 500 different sessions running in all time zones in multiple languages. For example, Nobel Peace Prize winner and journalist, Maria Ressa, is scheduled to talk with US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Tuesday, June 7, 8:15-8:45 AM Central.
Spencer was invited to propose a workshop for this conference based on a presentation he made last October at WikiConference North America in joint with Luisina Ferrante, Education and Human Rights Manager for Wikimedia Argentina, and Patricia Díaz Rubio, Executive Director of Wikimedia Chile. Patricia said that Wiki Human Rights training in Chile helped people post many images that were used in many Wikipedia articles that broke a conspiracy of silence on abuse of power by Chilean security forces and contributed to the 78 percent approval in a 2020 plebiscite for a process to rewrite the constitution of Chile to replace the one written under the Pinochet dictatorship.
Since then a 35-year-old former student activist got 56 percent of the vote last December to become President of Chile, defeating a right winger, who promised to block the new constitution. Spencer believes that Wiki Human Rights work in Kansas City could help improve the quality of law enforcement in Kansas City by helping build a political consensus to reduce excessive use of force by law enforcement, which would further increasing the willingness of residents to report crime.
This June 6-10 conference will be the eleventh RightsCon and the third entirely online. Spencer will co-facilitate a workshop with Luisina June 2, 1:45 – 2:45 PM Central time on “Using Wikipedia to advance human rights and democracy, using constructive conflict to create quality articles”.
Ms. Gladstone holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto. Before RightsCon, she researched online civic engagement tools at the University of Toronto and the foreign policy implications of emerging technologies at the Wilson Center. She has also worked in early childhood development in Kampala, Uganda.