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Thursday, March 31 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
The Global Cyber-Development Nexus – the use of digital and Information Communication Technologies to advance civic participation in the Global South

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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are powerful enablers of economic, social and democratic development. Technologies can be used to dramatically improve the social, economic and security situation of people and populations. Even in countries where a large part of the population doesn’t have regular access to the internet, ICTs can be used as a tool to engage in social and economic change. Technology is not a panacea, but a tool to be used in fundamentally grassroots action to advance civic engagement aimed at development, connectivity, access to information and individual human rights (or personal security). This panel will showcase grassroots action in the Global South employing ICTs to advance civic participation. It aims to demonstrate the role of technology as a multiplier in these efforts, but that and at the same time these technology-based actions must be connected to local person to person interactions and grassroots efforts in order to produce advancements in economic and social development, and peace and security.


Angie Abdelmonem

Researcher and Board Member of HarassMap
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Richard Arbeiter

Director General, Freedom and Human Rights, Global Affairs Canada
Director General of the Freedom and Human Rights Bureau at Global Affairs Canada
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Chris Doten

Senior Manager for Technology and Innovation, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Super interested in global politics and tech - how do you help individuals organize for more democratic societies, and how do you help political institutions keep up with their people as they get swamped by the tech tsunami? | Lead for DemTools initiative (https://dem.tools) designed to put civic tech in the hands of thousands of groups globally.
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Tariq Fancy

Founder, The Rumie Initiative
Founder and CEO of the Rumie Initiative

Christopher Tuckwood

Executive Director, Sentinel Project
Christopher Tuckwood is the co-founder and executive director of the Sentinel Project (www.thesentinelproject.org), a Canadian NGO dedicated to assisting communities threatened by mass atrocities through the use of technology and direct cooperation with the people in harm's way. Chris has a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management from York University (Toronto, Canada) and got his start in atrocity prevention as a student leader... Read More →

Thursday March 31, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
The Engine

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