D2 at World Refugee Day


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My presentation on the use of technology and the work of Digital Democracy for the June 20th event celebrating Aung San Suu Kyi and World Refugee Day.

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D2 at World Refugee Day

  1. 1. D 2 Digital Democracy Mission: Empower civic engagement through digital technologies. Emphasis: Education, Communication, Collaboration. Emily Jacobi - EJacobi@dtwo.org - #347-328-3110 www.dtwo.org
  2. 2. Why Burma? One of the most repressive regimes of the 21st Century Human rights abuses: Forced labor Forced relocation Rape as a tool of war Over 3,000 villages destroyed over past 10 years - twice as many as Darfur KHRG
  3. 3. Around Burma In Exile: more than 3 million Sophisticated network of community based organizations KHRG
  4. 4. Our Research 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. Saffron Revolution www.uscampaignforburma.org Mobile phones were used by monks and other citizen journalists to send information to the outside world.
  7. 7. OpenNet Initiative, Pulling the Plug: A Technical Review of the Internet Shutdown in Burma, at http://opennet.net/research/bulletins/013. Saffron Revolution Will governments learn that silencing mobiles and the internet are a necessary step in any crackdown?
  8. 8. "In Burma, the military controls all communications technology. But technology is very important to change. The Burmese military is trying to hide human rights abuses inside (the country). To show human rights abuses we need technology. People who are doing bad deeds need to be afraid." -U Pyinya Zawta All Burma Monks Alliance
  9. 9. 1. Education 2. Inter-ethnic dialogue 3. Communication technology
  10. 10. Handheld Human Rights What? Making human rights data accessible & actionable How? Mapping text messages for human Where? Piloting with human rights workers to rights organizations operating in coordinate a response and around Burma
  11. 11. All Burma IT Student Union ABITSU stands against the Burmese Military Regime and work to remove the Military Dictatorship, to generate more IT skilled personnel and build the infrastructure for a future democratic government of Burma. Stanley - info@abitsu.org www.abitsu.org
  12. 12. Project Einstein “ Because Einstein was a refugee but could still do great things” Digital Pen Pals - • Photography-based participatory education program linking American students with refugee youth overseas. 
  13. 13. “Concepts such as truth, justice and compassion cannot be dismissed as trite when these are often the only bulwarks which stand against ruthless power.” -Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel Peace Prize 1991 Quick Tm eᆰ an d a i ᆰ Qsi ckTimc and a TI (U c mp re e )d e o pre r FF n o ss d cm sso TIFF (Uncm np ss d) d cm p ssm m c c c mnc p a c nc d drmsc rhis n p cc c icrspc. ap nc d drmsc rhis n c cc c icrspc.