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On February 4th, 2015 I gave a talk to the UC Berkeley CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series
Abstract: As internet and communications technologies rapidly advance, digital tools are transforming the lives of people around the globe. However, access to these tools remains unevenly distributed, and very rarely are new technologies designed by and for the most vulnerable communities. What happens when traditionally marginalized groups are placed at the center of this process? What new tools are created? How are these leveraged for environmental and human rights purposes?
From mobiles and mapping to data collection and storytelling, this talk will focus on the lessons learned and approaches pioneered by Digital Democracy’s work in dozens of countries over the past 6 years. From addressing gender-based violence in Haiti to combatting oil contamination and deforestation in the Amazon, Dd’s partnerships with grassroots organizations demonstrate the possibilities for technology to be effectively leveraged by local groups.