When Practice Informs Technology

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When Practice Informs Technology
Presenter(s) Mahsa Alimardani (Article 19/Global Voices), Soudeh Rad (Macholand, Iran), Amin Sabeti (Small Media, Iran), Tarakiyee (OTF, Jordan), Dragana Kaurin (Localisation Lab, Global)
Country(ies) Iran, Jordan, Global
Social media https://twitter.com/maasalan - https://twitter.com/SoudehRad - https://twitter.com/AminSabeti - https://twitter.com/Tarakiyee - https://twitter.com/monajem - https://twitter.com/draganakaurin
2017 theme Regions & Groups

Digital rights activists and social change actors often operate in singular movements that seldom overlap, creating a disconnect between technology and practical needs. Connecting social change actors with digital right activists enhances their agency while catering technologies to the specific contexts, needs and threat models of social change actors. Bridging the expertise and knowledge of social change actors is essential to ensuring that individual efforts are collectively strengthened. As Article 19 commences a project to aid Iranian social change actors to improve their digital hygiene, we want to move beyond manuals and strive for methods to engrain a culture of digital security amongst actors typically not attended to the latest technology discussions in the digital rights community.

The latest technologies and best tech practices might become irrelevant in certain contexts. Social change actors should benefit from technologies; they need to inform the technologies and digital security guidelines given to them -not the other way around. Deliberate efforts to connect technologists with civil society actors beyond their existing networks, and foster new trust networks are needed. This talk will endeavour to discuss the hurdles and potential ways forward in dealing with this problem from the perspective of different country contexts, and individuals with varying expertise in this field.

Format Panel Discussion
Target Groups Software Developers, Designers, Usability, Advocacy/Policy Professional, Academia, Front Line Activists
Length 1 Hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English

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