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Human rights and technology: Apps that keep people safe


Like technology and/or want to do social good? NetSquared's mission is to create consistent opportunities for local community members to come together to share ideas, ask questions, and collaborate around using technology for social benefit.

NetSquared London's July meetup

We are pleased to welcome Tanya O’Carroll, Technology and Human Rights Officer for Amnesty International and Rory Byrne, CEO and Founder of Security First.

Tanya will be at NetSquared London to talk about the Panic Button mobile app and Rory will present on 'Umbrella,' an open source mobile tool to help journalists, activists and aid workers manage their security on the move.

The plan 

Join us at 6:30pm for drinks + nibbles (bar prices). Then get yourself settled for the presentation to kick off at 7.00pm. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and network.

The Needs Parade

We invite you to stand up for one minute to tell us what you've been doing with technology for good, and what you need help with. This is a great way to get advice from your peers.

Who is it for?

• Techies/digital folk who want to do good

• Do gooders (charities, social enterprises, community projects and everything in between!) who are doing the work that's changing the world and may or may not know much about tech!

• Anyone interested in the intersection between technology and social good


Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust has kindly agreed to provide us with a venue for this event. 


There is wheelchair access in the building. Please get in touch to discuss any additional support needs you might have.

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Amnesty International developed the mobile app for Android, in collaboration with iilab, activists, tech experts and volunteers from around the world. The app transforms a user’s smart phone into a secret alarm which can be activated rapidly in the event of an emergency, alerting fellow activists to the danger their colleague faces so that they can get help faster.

It increases protection for activists around the world who face the ever present threat of arrest, attack, kidnap and torture.

Along with the Umbrella tool, Security First also trains high-risk journalists and human rights defenders in advanced security methods such as counter-surveillance, risk management, secure communications, source protection, preventing insider threats and dealing with arrests.

Rory has previously helped establish the human rights organisation, Videre – a leader in the gathering, verification and distribution of covert camera footage. His experience draws from over ten years in the human rights world, the military, UK Parliament and as a Certified Ethical Hacker."

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