Digital Democracy
Digital Democracy
Working with local partners to connect people
through new technologies that encourage
education, communi...
Where We Work:
Burma/Myanmar
   One of the most repressive
   regimes of the 21st Century
     Human rights abuses:
      ...
Overcoming Obstacles,
Creating Opportunities                                Our Research


Youth Perspectives from the Tha...
www.newwordsmedia.com




Key finding
Young Burmese with access to the internet were
more likely to identify themselves as ...
Problem                         Solution
Regional instability            Cross-border communication
World’s longest runnin...
Solutions




                       http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/



      1. Education 2. Inter-e...
Solutions
            “I came to study here, I
            can use computer, I can
            use email, and I also learn...
Solutions




            http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/
Solutions
          Democracy                      Digital Democracy
•   Being heard                  •   Empowerment of t...
Handheld
Human Rights
What? Making human
rights data accessible &
actionable

How? Mapping text
messages for human rights ...
Project Einstein
“Because Einstein was a refugee but could still do great things”




   Digital Pen Pal program

   Photo...
Project Einstein
“Because Einstein was a refugee but could still do great things”




   Digital Pen Pal program

   Photo...
Project Einstein:                   Digital Pen Pals
                                         Peace
                      ...
Building the Project Einstein
               Platform:


Sample Features:
Photo Galleries
Blogging
Discussion Forums
Ratin...
Our Partners




               Burma Information Technology
Our Supporters
VozMob
Projecting the voices of immigrant workers
       by appropriating mobile phones
           for popular communicati...
Partnership
Challenging hate speech
daylaborers.org




 “Do you really want this in your neighborhood?”
Day Laborers site in Farmingville, Long Island, NY
  ...
Day Laborers
Popular
Education
Free Software
& Creative Commons Content
Multiple Channels
Community Correspondents:
         MADELOU




http://vozmob.net/en/node/
           1188
Community Correspondents:
          MANUEL




http://vozmob.net/en/node/
           3812
Community Correspondents:
          ADOLFO




http://vozmob.net/en/node/
           3162
Supporters
Integration

Development of new mobile functionality for Drupal and
integration to VozMob and Project Einstein platforms:
...
Digital Storytelling
   The development        Lesson plans and activities will
   of curriculum with       explore themes...
Collaboration
  Outputs
Hands-on training
Curriculum development
Open source software
Contributions back into VozMob, Open...
Funding
Distribution
 Central project
 fund
 Division of
 responsibilities to
 appropriate
 organization
 Disbursement of
...
Contact:!
     Digital Democracy!                VozMob!

         Mark Belinsky!              Amanda Garces!
          Co...
Digital Democracy & VozMob Presentation
Digital Democracy & VozMob Presentation
Digital Democracy & VozMob Presentation
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Digital Democracy & VozMob Presentation

  1. 1. Digital Democracy
  2. 2. Digital Democracy Working with local partners to connect people through new technologies that encourage education, communication and participation.
  3. 3. Where We Work: Burma/Myanmar One of the most repressive regimes of the 21st Century Human rights abuses: Forced labor Forced relocation Rape as a tool of war Around Burma In Exile: more than 3 million Sophisticated network of community based organizations KHRG
  4. 4. Overcoming Obstacles, Creating Opportunities Our Research Youth Perspectives from the Thai-Burma Border www.newwordsmedia.com Youth Perspectives from the Thai-Burma Border
  5. 5. www.newwordsmedia.com Key finding Young Burmese with access to the internet were more likely to identify themselves as activists
  6. 6. Problem Solution Regional instability Cross-border communication World’s longest running civil Networking among war traditionally divided groups Rampant use of child soldiers Providing 21st century education Over 3.5 million internally displaced persons and Connecting refugees with refugees their resettled communities Severe censorship Freedom of information
  7. 7. Solutions http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/ 1. Education 2. Inter-ethnic dialogue 3. Communication technology
  8. 8. Solutions “I came to study here, I can use computer, I can use email, and I also learn something from internet, I also know more experience.” – Male Student, age 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/ 1. Education 2. Inter-ethnic dialogue 3. Communication technology
  9. 9. Solutions http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/
  10. 10. Solutions Democracy Digital Democracy • Being heard • Empowerment of the • Minority rights individual • Accountability and • Fall of hierarchies transparency • Wider participation • Advocacy for change • Democratization of • Access information http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/
  11. 11. Handheld Human Rights What? Making human rights data accessible & actionable How? Mapping text messages for human rights Where? Piloting with human workers to coordinate a rights organizations operating response in and around Burma
  12. 12. Project Einstein “Because Einstein was a refugee but could still do great things” Digital Pen Pal program Photography-based participatory education linking American students with refugee youth overseas Facilitate cross-cultural dialogue in the US, maintain a connection between resettled refugees and their home communities, and provide an open channel of communication between closed communities and the outside world Recent work: Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, Shelter in South Africa 
  13. 13. Project Einstein “Because Einstein was a refugee but could still do great things” Digital Pen Pal program Photography-based participatory education linking American students with refugee youth overseas Facilitate cross-cultural dialogue in the US, maintain a connection between resettled refugees and their home communities, and provide an open channel of communication between closed communities and the outside world Recent work: Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, Shelter in South Africa 
  14. 14. Project Einstein: Digital Pen Pals Peace Culture Let’s Discuss: Happiness History USA Ideas Bangladesh Pictures Let’s Exchange: Lessons Culture Resettled Refugees Photo Books with American youth Youth in in US schools Let’s Create: Slideshows refugee camps Videos D 2
  15. 15. Building the Project Einstein Platform: Sample Features: Photo Galleries Blogging Discussion Forums Rating System
  16. 16. Our Partners Burma Information Technology
  17. 17. Our Supporters
  18. 18. VozMob Projecting the voices of immigrant workers by appropriating mobile phones for popular communication
  19. 19. Partnership
  20. 20. Challenging hate speech
  21. 21. daylaborers.org “Do you really want this in your neighborhood?” Day Laborers site in Farmingville, Long Island, NY Photograph courtesy of Dave Drew
  22. 22. Day Laborers
  23. 23. Popular Education
  24. 24. Free Software & Creative Commons Content
  25. 25. Multiple Channels
  26. 26. Community Correspondents: MADELOU http://vozmob.net/en/node/ 1188
  27. 27. Community Correspondents: MANUEL http://vozmob.net/en/node/ 3812
  28. 28. Community Correspondents: ADOLFO http://vozmob.net/en/node/ 3162
  29. 29. Supporters
  30. 30. Integration Development of new mobile functionality for Drupal and integration to VozMob and Project Einstein platforms: Short video Audio & photo slideshows via MMS Combining our target communities - connecting youth from around the world
  31. 31. Digital Storytelling The development Lesson plans and activities will of curriculum with explore themes such as: a focus on teaching people What is your community like? digital storytelling What is your school like? skills with mobile phones... What do you do for fun?
  32. 32. Collaboration Outputs Hands-on training Curriculum development Open source software Contributions back into VozMob, Open Atrium & Drupal development communities
  33. 33. Funding Distribution Central project fund Division of responsibilities to appropriate organization Disbursement of funds as needed
  34. 34. Contact:! Digital Democracy! VozMob! Mark Belinsky! Amanda Garces! Co-Director! VozMob Project mbelinsky@digital-democracy.org! Coordinator! amanda@idepsca.org! Emily Jacobi! Co-Director! ejacobi@digital-democracy.org!

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