Human Rights Technology for Challenging Environments

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Human Rights Technology for Challenging Environments
Presenter(s) Nighat Dad, Rachel Bernstein, David Mark, Anastasia Fusco, Nathan Freitas, Siim Teller
Title(s) Executive Director, Program Manager, Human Rights Adviser/Capacity Building Co-ordinator, Executive Director, Head of Marketing
Organization(s) Digital Rights Foundation, Benetech,OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, The Guardian Project, Wire
Country(ies) Pakistan, United States, Poland, United States
Social media @nighatdad, @benetech, @guardianproject, @teller
2017 theme Tools & Technology

Human rights defenders often work in challenging environments: on old computers, with low connectivity and under extreme threat models. What is the future for such environments and how will we prepare tools and activists to operate in them? As processing power, connectivity and surveillance increase, how should technology for human rights change? What are the responsibilities of developers to users in these contexts?

The presenters will prompt us in exploring these questions which may include diverse opinions on topics such as the importance of offline functionality and being open source. We hope this session will attract activists working in challenging environments and will welcome their participation in discussing how technology can facilitate human rights work in the future.

Format Conversation
Target Groups Tool Developers, Human Rights Activists, Digital Security Trainers
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English

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