Power to the People: Tech Demos and Lightning Talks
"Information Everywhere or Nowhere? Uniting global and community-led data for human and environmental rights"
ID: 248 — Ryan Schlief (Executive Director, International Accountability Project)
In one of the most extensive community-led surveys on development, 800 people in 8 countries surveyed themselves about their experiences with development projects and what recommendations they had to change the process. With data and personal stories, the community-led research and mobilization process led to a report which strengthened local and national advocacy campaigns towards the World Bank and others funding development. The first of its kind, IAP’s report, Back to Development – A Call For What Development Could Be, shows how community-led research and expertise can document abuses and recommend alternatives in policy and practice at the international level. Complementing the community-led research, the Early Warning System gathers data on proposed development projects around the world. The project ensures local communities, and the organizations that support them, have verified information about the projects and clear strategies for advocacy. During this session IAP hopes to share how access to information on both the global and local levels can reinforce community-led priorities for development and protect human and environmental rights.
"Access My Info"
ID: 188 — Andrew Hilts (Executive Director, Open Effect)
Access My Info (AMI) is a web application that supports citizens in creating legally-justified requests for access to their personal information from either private companies or government. In 2014, we released a beta version of the software, focused on the telecommunications industry in Canada. Tens of thousands of people used the tool to create requests, which pushed telcos to develop streamlined processes for responding to requests, and helped encourage their publication of transparency reports. We will provide a walkthrough for the application’s three major components: the front-end request creation tool; the backend CMS that lets administrators organize data operators, services, types of personal data collected, and legal request templates; and finally, the participant data system that collects statistics, and sends reminders and feedback requests to opted-in users. We will describe our future plans to implement and internationalize AMI in a variety of jurisdictions around the world, translating the user interface and working with partners in different regions to develop legal request templates focused on priority categories.
"Becoming an Active Impact Investor: How to Use Shareholder Proposals to Uphold Human Rights"
ID: 213 — Ron Roman (Researcher, San Jose State University)
An underutilized tool to motivate companies to protect human rights is the shareholder proposal. Any shareholder who meets minimal ownership qualifications can file a shareholder proposal. In this Lightning Talk, you’ll discover how investors with just a small financial position can inspire change in organizations. Professor Roman will detail how his shareholder proposal motivated Costco to increase transparency in its cotton supply chain and engage in best practices to reduce and eliminate forced and slave labor in global cotton sourcing. Come and learn how you can use your investments and retirement fund to become not just an investor, but an active impact investor.
"Digital tools to realize analog rights: The MyVoice citizen feedback platform"
ID: 195 — Zack Brisson (Principal & Co-Founder, Reboot)
Even when citizens have a right to basic services such as healthcare or education, they often receive sub-standard services or none at all. The spread of digital tools and widespread (and increasing) access to mobile and internet connectivity present exciting new opportunities to improve the delivery of public services by amplifying citizen voice. In this session, Reboot will present an open source tool that we built and piloted, along with an accompanying programmatic intervention, in rural Nigeria. We will share stories of how our user-centered design approach to developing and implementing the tool led to real-life impact, and we will offer a vision for how we hope to collaborate with others in adapting and scaling to improve public service delivery worldwide. Reboot designed and first implemented My Voice in rural Nigeria, but this flexible tool is ripe for adaptation and scaling to many different sectors and geographic contexts. We hope that the discussion inspires attendees to think about how they might use their own technology skills, networks, and own experiences to further the use of communications technology to improve analog service delivery experiences. In short, how might we convert the expansion of digital rights and digital access into improvements in the “analog” delivery of basic human services?
"Crowdraising Action: Math as a gateway to activism"
ID: 483 — Kipchoge Spencer (CEO, Take 2), Thomas Spellman (CTO, Take2)
Think about raising money for your unknown band pre- and post- Kickstarter. Very different animals. Think about soliciting volunteers to support your online activist campaign before and after SOPA/PIPA. Nothing much has changed. We're using thresholds to encourage participation and guarantee outcomes.
"Activist Counter-Surveillance Toolkit"
ID: 114 — John Green (Cirvent Labs), Loc Nguyen (Cirvent Labs)
There's no denying your arsenal is inadequate. We will detail and focus on operational applications & tools that provide novel countermeasures against a well-equipped adversary. Currently, the toolkit provides solutions to address device seizures, provides for deniability and thwarts cursory device implants. These solutions take the form of kill-switches, deadman switches, and Machine Learning-backed mobile malware defenses.
Principal & Co-Founder, Reboot
A practicing theorist, Zack has extensive experience bringing community-driven approaches to policy making, program design, and implementation. He has worked in some of the world’s most challenging political environments, including post-revolutionary Tunisia, rural Pakistan, the Niger Delta, and Washington DC, in the service of delivering more just, accountable, and inclusive governance. Reboot is a social impact firm, with offices in New... Read More →
Co-Founder, Cervent Labs
Co-Founder, Cervent Labs
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Executive Director, International Accountability Project
Chief Technology Officer, Take2
Kipchoge is a career-hopping musician, adventurer, activist and entrepreneur. His current project, a startup called Take2, makes activism more satisfying and engaging so people do it more often. |
Take2 is like Kickstarter for movement building. Client organizations (and individuals) build campaigns, and their supporters pledge minutes or votes rather than money. Different pledge actions have different time commitments (e.g. 5 min to... Read More →