Announcing the next human rights and technology community call: July 17th

Paola Verhaert
There is a lot happening at the intersection of human rights and technology – human rights organisations are exploring innovative and creative uses of technology, and there’s increased interest in how technology tools are being used by human rights defenders.

Last year, we organised a series of community calls on the use of technology and data in human rights documentation as part of a project we were carrying out with Amnesty International and Benetech.

Now, as we see this community continue grow, we would like to re-introduce those calls with the goal of creating a platform for people to share new projects in the space, make connections between new and existing initiatives, and find out behind-the-scenes updates on how those projects are going.

The next community call will be held on Monday July 17th, at 5pm CET / 11am EST, using Uber Conference (details on how to join the call are below).

We will be joined by Jackie Zammuto, Program Manager at WITNESS, who will lead us through her experiences on using video to detect patterns of abuse and police violence in the US; and Madeleine Bair, Journalist and Civic Media Specialist, who will introduce us to her work on the Watching Western Sahara project. After their lightning talks, there will be time for questions

Got a project to share, a challenge to talk through, or an idea you want feedback on? Join the call!

Anyone with an interest in the projects above or in the broader intersection of human rights and technology, is very welcome to participate – either just by listening, or by sharing what you’re working on. We’ll be using this Etherpad to document notes for the call in a comprehensive, participatory way, and and these will be regular calls – so don’t worry if you can’t make this first time.

If you’d like to join the call as a speaker, get in touch on – all are very welcome!  

Details on joining the call

We will be using an online conferencing service called UberConference. This service allows us to connect up to 100 participants using VOIP or phone. This is not a video conferencing system, so don’t worry about brushing your hair!

To join the discussion on UberConference, just follow these steps at the time of the meeting:

  1. Using Firefox or Chrome, go to .
  2. If you have trouble using your computer for audio, you can connect using your phone. Just dial +1 607-821-7499 (you don’t need a PIN).

UberConference’s System requirements. For help, visit the UberConference user guide, or the UberConference support portal.


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