Empowering technologies in hostile environments
The situation for democracy and human rights is on a global decline. More and more people are living in or under difficult and sometimes also hostile conditions. This can be because of conflict, social unrest, being part of a marginalized community or due to systematic or structural power injustices.
We know that technology often can be part of the problem. The discussions on surveillance and censorship are sadly no longer uncommon to most of us. But we need to find ways to use technology for good as an empowering tool for human rights defenders, the poor and marginalized. This session investigates what technology already is out there, how it is best used, but also – what is yet to be developed.
Frerieke van Bree (moderator) – Program manager of digital defender partnerships, Hivos
Gus Hosein – Executive Director, Privacy International
Dia Kayyali – Senior Program Coordinator for Tech + Advocacy, WITNESS
Fereidon Bashar – Co-Director, ASL19
Maka – Digital Integrity Fellow, DDP/Hivos
Bob Alotta – Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Ed Bice – founding CEO of Meedan
Twitter: #SIF17 together with #SIFB4