Offering reliable tech for activism takes more than a hackathon! Let’s build a decentral tech organisation.
Even though a number of instruments are created and events organised around the theme of ‘tech for good’, these encounters often bring very little in the way of concrete solutions to human rights and peace problems.
Part of the reason is that the worlds of ‘tech’ and ‘peace and justice’ are very different and often remain separated. The knowledge gap between both sides can act as a significant obstacle to a meaningful and fruitful collaboration. The goal of the Design For Activism program is to bridge this gap between technology and human rights.
The Hague Hacks has partnered with Stanford University to develop the Design For Activism programme and provide support for its members as part of this new innovative peace initiative. The work-flow of this program involves the collaboration between these key actors, and their shared goal to sustainably develop, and maintain, working human rights tech solutions.
This program aims to contribute to the development of a human rights business culture and build a sustainable and de-central organisational structure to maintain the connection between the tech community and human rights activists. We do this by bringing the expertise and creativity of design and technology, in direct contact with the experience and knowledge of human rights problem-owners themselves. In this way, we hope to encourage a real and deep interaction between these worlds and produce effective solutions that are really needed.
We welcome you to our Design For Activism lab on June 13th, as part of The Border Sessions Festival 2019. We want your input, feedback and active participation during the lab and as partners in this new and ambitious project.
1. How do we build bridges between (human rights, peace and environmental) activists and tech companies?
2. How do we create decentralized tech-organisation developing solutions for activists around the world?
3. How do we make sure that these tech solutions remain relevant to the activists and do not become obsolete, impractical or unusable over a period of time (in other words: how to provide long-term support)?
Design a workflow that creates opportunities for tech experts and companies to support human rights, peace and environmental activists by jointly developing urgently needed technological applications improving security, reach, visibility and efficiency of the work of these activists worldwide.