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Tuesday, March 11 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Caught in the Act: Mobile Tech & Human Rights

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As mobile phones spread across the globe, human rights activists are increasingly turning to mobile technology for help in documenting, visualizing, and prosecuting human rights abuses. Unfortunately, human rights violators often harness similar technologies to silence activists.
Come for a discussion of the current state of this struggle from both human rights practitioner and technologist perspectives, and learn what mobile technologies are needed to help tip the balance.
This panel will explore the human rights potential of mobile technologies that enhance the power of witnesses to human rights abuses, including citizen video, verifiable metadata, and crisis mapping.
We will also examine how repression is going mobile and being crowdsourced. For example, metadata from a video can be used to establish the perpetrator of a war crime, or to track down a dissident. Find out which technologies are being harnessed to tilt the scales in favor of the good guys.

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Sam Gregory

Program DirWitnessSam Gregory is the Program Director at the human rights group WITNESS, focused on empowering millions of people to use video and technology for human rights effectively and ethically. He launched the Webby-nominated Human Rights Channel on YouTube (youtube.com/humanrights... Read More →
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Harlo Holmes

Head of MetadataThe Guardian ProjectHarlo Holmes is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist. As research fellow with The Guardian Project, she primarily investigates topics in digital media steganography, metadata, and the standards surrounding technology in the social... Read More →
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Christoph Koettl

Emergency Response MgrAmnesty InternationalChristoph Koettl is the Emergency Response Manager at Amnesty International USA. He specializes in utilizing satellite imagery, mobile technology and citizen media for human rights research and advocacy. His expertise is in International... Read More →

Tuesday March 11, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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