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The Power of Tech for Human Rights: International Activists Meet to Explore Technology to Document and Prevent Human Rights Abuses

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international and regional human rights organizations will discuss their technology innovations. Activists will be trained on using software such as Martus, a secure, easy-to-use encryption tool for human rights groups, and how to use video as a powerful tool to document abuses. Award-wining technology innovators such as Witness and Benetech will provide hands-on sessions.

Katitza Rodríguez, a human rights lawyer and activist from Peru, notes: "As human rights workers we need a community of technical support, of ideas and tools to learn from each other. Our ability to detect patterns of abuse, for example, depends on data being shared in a network of activists. And our data needs to be safe - from government raids just as much as from cockroaches."

The "Effective Use of ICTs for Defending and Promoting Human Rights" colloquium will result in a 'how-to' guide of innovative uses of tech tools for human rights organizations and a CD of tools that will be freely available to activists around the globe.

HREA and Aspiration are co-sponsors of the event.

About HREA
: Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. Learn more at

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