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Technology, human rights & movement building around the world

Technology is constantly evolving and internet and mobile phone access continue to rise dramatically around the world, changing every area of life - including human rights and social justice. New technologies such as social media and mobile have been key to movements such as the Arab Spring. For anyone working internationally, it is essential to understand these technologies and use them effectively.

The way technology has been used for human rights also has a lot to teach us here in Canada about how we run our campaigns, build movements and create change. As well, human rights issues - and the way that technology is also used by human rights violators in surveillance, censorship and propaganda - are important for all of us to be aware of.

This month, Chris from the Sentinel Project will introduce the principles needed to successfully incorporate technology into a campaign, drawing on mini case studies such as Kenya, Iran and the Arab Spring. Whether you work in human rights or not, the event will challenge you to think differently about your work and help you to be more aware of the variety of ways that technology is being used for different causes.

This event will be livestreamed, so you can attend no matter where you are! Joining is easy as there is no need to RSVP; just go to around 5:30pm Eastern Time.

Who should attend?

  • Nonprofits, charities, and social enterprises that want to incorporate technology into their campaigns
  • Professionals, students, or activists who currently work in (or want to work in) human rights, development, or journalism and want to better understand the role of technology

Speaker: Christopher Tuckwood
Chris is the co-founder and executive director of the Sentinel Project, a Toronto-based NGO that uses technology to predict and prevent mass atrocities such as genocide in cooperation with communities at risk of violence. Recent accomplishments at the Sentinel Project include the early-stage development of an SMS-based system to recognize and counter misinformation in the violence-prone Tana Delta of Kenya as well as the launch of Hatebase, the world’s largest online repository of hate speech. Chris also teaches the Sentinel Project’s training course, “Human Rights and Technology,” which is relaunching soon in an all-online format.

Hashtag: #Net2TO

Donation price: $5.00 (Pay in cash at the door. Receipts available.)

If you RSVP and find out later that you can’t attend, please change your RSVP to “Not Attending” to accommodate others who may be interested.



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  • Hillary

    Yes it was interesting
    Can we address at some point unwitting test subjects in research. Implanting chips into our bodies so that thy can robotized. It is happening right here in Canada; but the truth is swept under the rug. I addressed it with human rights and was told that it's not a human rights issue, or I should see a psychiatrist.
    Keep up the good work
    Hillary C

    June 12, 2013

    • Hillary

      Yes, I have file from ex dentist; which clearly states a few of the drugs, I was given. I was able to researched some of them but unfortunately the site was removed from the internet. Secondly I saw the gadets while going through airport security; they claimed that the do not keep these images, therefore they were destroyed. I am still hoping that my present doctor is making excuses why I cannot have a body scan done; therefore I will have to find a new doctor in order to show proof. I also have a few confirmations exrays done in Boston MA findings. If there is a dentist or a dentist assist that can help me decifer my dental records I would be grateful. In the mean time I continue my search for a doctor in hopes of getting an exray. I also planned to go back to the hospitals where I had my pelvic/abdominal ultra sound for my records and hope that there will be some one to help decifer

      June 15, 2013

    • Hillary

      ps RE: intral chips implant, cybor emil: [masked]

      June 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great! Thanks for all the effort that was put into this. I enjoyed the presentation and the conversations that it sparked.

      1 · June 12, 2013

  • Ani

    well organized, good presentation with case studies that sparked an interesting conversation around challenges of social media and action.

    June 5, 2013

  • Isha

    I really want to come but the timing never works for me.

    June 3, 2013

    • Tierney

      Sorry to hear that :( We'll be posting the recap & recording a week or so after the event so hopefully that will sort of make up for it... I'll post it in the comments here and if you message me with your email I can also make sure to send it to you directly.

      June 4, 2013

  • Joel

    Thank you!
    see you there!

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Hillary

    Hi, can you give me the nearest intersection. What stop should I got off I am coming by TTC
    Hillary C

    June 1, 2013

    • Hillary

      Thanks Chris, See you soon

      June 3, 2013

    • Tierney

      Hi Hillary, we're a couple blocks north of Queen & Spadina or a couple blocks south of Dundas & Spadina, depending on what is convenient for you :) If you're coming on the TTC, you could either get off at St Patricks or Osgoode and walk/streetcar to Spadina, or if you're on the Bloor line you could get off at Spadina station and take the streetcar south.

      June 3, 2013

  • Jackie C.

    I look forward to learning from the human rights movements!

    June 3, 2013

  • Christopher W.

    Couldn't have this before I head off to Ghana to volunteer with a women's development cooperative on using technology to elect more women? Boo! ;)

    2 · May 14, 2013

    • Chris

      Hey Christopher, that sounds like some really interesting work that you'll be doing in Ghana. It's too bad you won't be able to make it for this event but if you're interested, we also offer a full course on this topic. Details will be out soon on the upcoming online version but if you're interested you can see some details from a previous version of the course here: https://sentinelprojec...­

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Marianne Van der W.

    Sounds interesting

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How to give this event twitter love:


    #Net2TO HOST:



    Please add any other twitter handles and hashtags for this event that I've missed

    May 14, 2013

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