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Friday, April 1 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Communication, Coordination and Liberation – technology, safety & movement building in the global LGBTI community.

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How do we move beyond human rights abuse recording, crisis mapping and documentation to a proactive and coordinated global movement for LGBTI activism using technology? The panel will interrogate the traditional approaches to technology in movement building by assessing behavior and not tools, taking a people-centered approach, assessing and managing risks of using technology, and linking technology to real-world action, all while ensuring digital safety and security. The panel will bring in activists from different parts of the world to draw on and compare experiences as they face drastically different circumstances around access, privacy, and freedom of expression that shape the use of technology by the LGBTI population.

The panel will also provide an opportunity to address specific questions related to navigating the closing space for civil society and the unique function of technology as intervention, symptom and signifier, specifically for LGBTI activists and organizations in hostile environments.
♣ What does digital security actually mean to/for queer activists in different contexts, especially rural and grassroots activists?
-- Zero-rating apps for online dating, acceptance of the transgender community in some countries
♣ What are the new challenges and barriers to access to technology that are imposed by governments, which contribute to the closing space for LGBTI activists and wider civil society?
-- Lack of trust by the LGBTI community
-- How named policies affect those outside of the US
♣ What opportunities exist for developers to impact the LGBTI communities and expand reach and scope of technology without compromising safety and security?
-- How is technology connecting oppressed and vulnerable LGBTI communities across the globe?
-- What are the ways this can be coordinated, made more accessible and expanded and relevant to queer activists in the Global South and East?
♣ How is technology, or lack thereof, excluding LGBTI activists from their own movements?
-- Deception and abuse on social media
-- Online censorship impacts LGBTI communities
♣ What must we do to ensure the long term success for these movements and how can technology play a role in this?

Speakers
avatar for Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

Founder, Digital Rights Foundation
Nighat Dad is a Pakistani lawyer and Internet activist who founded the not-for-profit organisation Digital Rights Foundation. In 2015, she was named in the TIME magazine's list of next generation leaders, for helping Pakistani women fight online harassment. | Dad led campaigns to protect online freedom of speech in Pakistan as well campaigns against legislation that gives the government broad powers of surveillance online, most notable one is the... Read More →
avatar for Kerry-Jo Lyn

Kerry-Jo Lyn

Director, LGBT Global Development Partnership, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
THE ASTRAEA LESBIAN FOUNDATION FOR JUSTICE is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.
avatar for Indyra Mendoza

Indyra Mendoza

Coordinator, Red Lésbica Cattrachas
Indyra Mendoza Aguilar is the Coordinator of Cattrachas a lesbian feminist organization dedicated to advocating for and defending the human rights of the LGBTTI community in Honduras. Indyra is an economist, researcher and Gender Studies expert. Cattrachas leads an Observatorio or Human Rights Documentation Program monitoring, documenting and mobilizing around the violent deaths of lesbians, gays and transgender people in the country. The... Read More →
avatar for Ayanda Msiza

Ayanda Msiza

Media and Documentation Officer, Iranti Org
Ayanda Msiza is Iranti-Org's Media and Documentation Officer. | | Iranti-org is a queer human rights visual media organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Iranti-org works within a human rights framework as its foundational platform for raising issues on Gender, Identities and Sexuality. Founded in January 2012 by Human Rights activist, photographer and curator, Jabu Pereira is formed with the clear intention of building local... Read More →
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Lu Ortiz

CEO and Founder, Nova México
Strategist, Communicator, Civic Entrepreneur, Tactical Trainer and Non violent political activist.
avatar for Azza Sultan

Azza Sultan

Founder & Executive Director, Mesahat Foundation for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Sudanese LGBT activist based in Cairo. The Founder & Executive Director of Mesahat Foundation for Sexual and Gender Diversity (An LGBT organization working in the Nile Valley Area "Egypt &Sudan").


Friday April 1, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Nest

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