"Custom, Secure Data Collection Apps for Human Rights Defenders"ID: 199 — John Higgins (Product Manager, Benetech Labs)
This session will showcase the secureApp generation platform developed by Benetech and currently in beta release. The secure app generation platform provides a public system for the creation of secure, multilingual, and open source data collection apps that will improve information management and reduce the risk of exposure for people in the field. These applications are built on top of the strong security of the Martus platform. By lowering the barrier to strong, open source encryption, this app will democratize technology and empower citizens. The system is quite different from alternatives as it is focused not on general app creation, but specifically on distributed information collection by or about vulnerable populations. In only a few hours, an organization could have its own free app, customized with that group’s name, branding and messaging. The session is an open request for feedback, and will include description of the design process, a demo of the platform itself, and some details of initial pilot projects."REAct: Digitally Documenting Human Rights-Related Barriers to HIV & Health Services"ID: 297 — Collin Sullivan (Human Rights Program Associate, Benetech)
This session will discuss the REAct (Rights, Evidence, Action) program, a communitybased system set up to monitor and respond to human rightsrelated barriers to HIV and health services. In 2015, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA) partnered with Benetech to integrate Martus into their data collection and storage workflow to improve the security of their information and the privacy of their partners, clients, and anyone implicated or named in the data they collect. REAct is a global program, with implementations in Uganda, Myanmar, Senegal, Burundi, and elsewhere. In this talk, we hope to provide background on the program, including the sociopolitical and human rightsrelated needs it addresses, and discuss the reasons IHAA decided to use Martus for data collection and documentation. We'll discuss successes and challenges, and next steps for the program."
ID: 51 —Transparency Toolkit
Even the most secretive institutions leave data trails through resumes, job listings, social media, contracts, and other public data sources. We are building free software to help journalists, activists, and researchers expose surveillance programs and human rights abuses with the same techniques intelligence agencies use to collect and analyze open data. Come see how our software works and some of the things we have found so far at this demo session.
"From Clutter to Clarity with UwaziDocs: Empowering Human Rights Organizations to Build and Share Knowledge Assets"ID: 132 — Jaume Cardona (Chief Technology Officer, HURIDOCS)
Does your organization work on human rights cases? Do you have large collections of case research buried in notebooks, Word and PDF documents, and sticky notes? Do you find it difficult to exchange valuable research with your staff and peers because of information bottlenecks? UwaziDocs, an open source, web-based, mobile friendly software designed for easy annotation, sharing, and publishing solves these problems. In Swahili, Uwazi means "open." HURIDOCS designed UwaziDocs to open up collaboration on key human rights documentation and unblock the obstacles to powerful advocacy and stronger litigation. It will become available to NGOs everywhere after its launch in Kenya in spring 2016. HURIDOCS will show how the tool works and walk the audience through a live demo. In a game format, audience members will be prompted to interact with each other by annotating a test instance and drawing connections between case documents. Winners will be dazzled by the magic of accelerated collaboration.