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Harnessing Technology to Empower Marginalized Communities


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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.

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Harnessing Technology to Empower Marginalized Communities

  1. 1. Redefining what’s possible Digital Democracy
  2. 2. Dd’s Mission: Empower marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights.
  3. 3. Direct engagement with local partners Building open-source tools Our Approach
  4. 4. Where we’ve worked
  5. 5. Our process Digital Literacy Digital Organizing Digital Citizenship
  6. 6. LeadershipStory Advocacy Digital Literacy Digital Organizing Digital Citizenship What does this look like?
  7. 7. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  8. 8. Kache / To Hide by Eramithe Delva
  9. 9. What next?
  10. 10. What next? How do we scale?
  11. 11. Andoas, Peru
  12. 12. Oil-spill monitoring
  13. 13. Remote Access Toolkit Gather Manage Share
  14. 14. • Testing hardware storage • MapFilter • Satellite imagery analysis • Participatory & offline mapping • Mobile data collection • Drone testing • Printable maps • Automated sharing • Journey.js Gather Manage Share Tools & Approaches
  15. 15. Mapping
  16. 16. Mobile Data Collection
  17. 17.
  18. 18. 1) UX 2) P2P Sync 3) Offline Media Workflows 4) Managing Mapping Information
  19. 19. Drones
  20. 20. Tools & Approaches
  21. 21. MapFilter
  22. 22. Journey.js
  23. 23. What kind of world do you want to live in? Guyana 2013
  24. 24. What kind of world do you want to live in? Who gets to decide? Guyana 2013
  25. 25. What role will you play? Emily Jacobi