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September 18, 2021

A tectonic shift is happening as the Right to Protest struggles to move online. State-sanctioned internet shutdowns, increased surveillance, and unequal access to the internet are impacting communities all over the world. Will the Right to Protest survive? And how will this impact the ability to secure all the rights, create a just and equitable society, and protect the environment?

Brett Solomon is an internationally renowned activist working at the intersection of human rights and the digital world. He is the Executive Director and co-founder of Access Now, a global non-profit organization that defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining direct technical support, comprehensive policy engagement, global advocacy, grassroots grantmaking and legal action, the 100-strong organization fights for human rights in the digital age. Brett is also the founder of RightsCon, the world's leading summit on human rights and in the digital age. Before Access Now, Brett was the founding Executive Director of GetUp, Campaign Director at Avaaz and worked in policy advocacy roles at Oxfam Australia and Amnesty International Australia. Based in both New York and near Byron Bay, Australia, Brett has a Bachelors in Arts and Law and a Masters in International Law. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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