Digital Democracy - Overview

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Digital Democracy - Overview

  1. 1. Digital Democracy Empowering people around the world through new technologies that encourage education, communication and civic participation. 1
  2. 2. Democracy in the Digital Era 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/ 2
  3. 3. How we work Where we work 1. Identify community Internationally 2. Needs assessment - pilot: Southeast Asia 3. Work with local & & USA international partners - research: Southern to develop Africa, Carribean, programming Eastern Europe New Words Media 3
  4. 4. Burma/Myanmar Population: 60 million In Exile: 3.5 million Sophisticated network of community based organizations KEY INDICATORS worst best GDP per capita, PPP (constant 2000 international $) ........ 1,446 3.50 Life expectancy at birth (years) ............................................. 61 4.19 Literacy rate (% of people age 15+) ..................................... 90 6.00 Human development index (out of 177)............................... 130 3.52 Rule of law (out of 208) ...................................................... 202 1.87 Voice and accountability (out of 208) .................................. 208 0.69 KHRG Digital opportunity index (out of 180) .................................. 176 1.36 Internet users (% of population) ........................................... 0.1 3.07 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Source (by indicator): IMF 2006; World Bank 2006a, 2006a; UNDP 2006; World Bank 2006c, 2006c; ITU 2006, 2004 4
  5. 5. Future of Tech in Burma / Myanmar • Magazines • Conferences • Censorship • Privacy 5
  6. 6. Digital Democracy TV • Exploring where innovation happens • Interactive • Innovative workflow 6
  7. 7. 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.  7
  8. 8. 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 8
  9. 9. Handheld Human Rights Making human rights accessible and actionable • Disseminate key information and messages to field workers. • Facilitate communication between groups working on these issues. • Collect data that can be mapped on the site. • Rapidly spread news of human rights violations to the international community and advocacy groups. 9
  10. 10. Handheld Human Rights Making human rights accessible and actionable • Disseminate key information and messages to field workers. • Facilitate communication between groups working on these issues. • Collect data that can be mapped on the site. • Rapidly spread news of human rights violations to the international community and advocacy groups. 10
  11. 11. What you can do: • Donate money • $35 buys a child a book of their photographs • Donate skills • Are you a designer, programmer, or have other skills that you can provide? tell us and help grassroots organizations make change • Invest • Change the world for the better through technology • Volunteer • Our partners in the field can benefit from smart help DIGITAL-DEMOCRACY.ORG / @DIGIDEM 11
  12. 12. What you can do: • Join Us: • facebook.com/pages/Digital-Democracy • twitter.com/digidem • youtube.com/user/digitaldemocracycam • myspace.com/digidem • flickr.com/digitaldemocracy • hub.witness.org/digitaldemocracytv DIGITAL-DEMOCRACY.ORG / @DIGIDEM 12
  13. 13. Empowering people around the world through new technologies that encourage education, communication and civic participation. Mark Belinsky - @mbelinsky Emily Jacobi - @emjacobi mbelinsky@digital-democracy.org ejacobi@digital-democracy.org facebook.com/mark.belinsky facebook.com/emilyjacobi 13

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