Whistler: Co-designing a toolkit for front line activists

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Whistler: Co-designing a toolkit for front line activists
Presenter(s) Raphael Mimoum
Organization(s) Build A Movement
Project(s) Whistler
Country(ies) United States
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2017 theme Tools & Technology

Front line activists and human rights defenders, despite surveillance, censorship and repression, do not use the secure tools available. This is large part due to poor technical skills and low usability of these secure tools. Build A Movement (BAM) is developing, in collaboration with the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) and Wickr Foundation, a toolkit specifically designed for front line activists, based on their specific needs, the threats they face and their technical capabilities.

To ensure that this toolkit (Whistler), fits the needs and expectations of its target user base, BAM will lead a co-design workshop with the following objectives:

  • Identifying threat scenarios based on the participants' experience and knowledge (includes role-playing and story-telling)
  • Identifying UX weaknesses in the existing Whistler design preventing smooth and efficient use of the app, even by users with low technical skills
  • Sketching solutions to these UX weaknesses based on the participants' natural behavior and usage preferences
  • Identifying additional needs unaddressed by Whistler
Format Workshop
Target Groups Developers, Circumvention tool developers and users, Activists, Designers
Length 1 Hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English

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