When we were established 52 years ago, Amnesty one of first orgs to seize potential of global information networks for human rights. Based on the simple idea of people writing letters to governments on behalf of detained individuals, PoC 50 yrs later, information has disrupted the model for human rights campaigning. There is now the ability to orchestrate rapid, global response every time an individual is arrested. This is already happening. It no longer relies on intermediaries like Amnesty. Technology and Human Rights project set-up to work out how amnesty can leverage technology more be more responsive in our individual protection work but also augment rapid & secure peer-peer network response
The scenario we designed for : Human Rights Defender who is at constant risk of unlawful detention, torture of disappearance because of the work they do In 80% of cases, the arrest will not take place in a public place & there will be no witnesses. Swift and response reactions from your network
Un poco sobre la historia del Boton de Panico y como llegamos para crearlo
El concepto del Boton de Panico nos llego de un concurso abierto de innovacion. La idea ganadora fue el proyecto PACTO que se incluia no solamente la parte technica de la applicacion pero la idea de tener un plan de seguridad con tus contactos para prepe. El boton el solamente el activador para un plan mas amplio.
La primera version de la applicacion fue desarollada en 48 horas con un grup was created quickly with just 48 hours of designers and developers working together in a ‘hackathon’ – un maraton de programacion en cual los programadores consruten productos technologico rapidamente.
We then had the opportunity to turn that early prototype into an advanced working prototype with siz weeks or pro-bono assistance offered by Thoughtworks They came up with the idea of a panic app disguised as an app that sends ‘100 Roses’
Cuando tuvimos una version qu funciono, la llavamos a Kenya en Africa. Durante una semans trabnajamos con 20 activistas de paises and Africa y el mundo para probarla y mejorarla en un process de dieno collaborative.
Por ejemplo, esta mujer trabaja protejiendo los derechos de las trabajoras sexualles. Es muy comum que La policia llegue y haga arrestos. Ella lleve el ceulrar dentro su falda para ser mas seguro. Asi tuvimos la idea.
We were then able to use this research to keep evolving the concept to the version of the app which we have now, ready for beta release. We evolved from the big red panic button designed at IDEO make-a-thon to the idea of a big red ‘bunch of roses’, designed to be inconspicuous for authorities who may seize the phone. But in user testing it emerged this also confused the user. Now the app includes a set-up wizard with security tips and allows the user to activate the facade & create a passcode for their security once they have completed the set-up.
People powered solutions. Embracing open innovation
How do you create a functional protection tool? Not an alert app but a protection app? Protection requires a person at the other end. The gov doesn’t stop because of twitter. The gov stops because of people pressure, which happens to be on Twitter.