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[liberationtech] Victeams- advise

Patricia Ortiz patricia at victeams.org
Sun Sep 19 18:27:36 PDT 2010


Hello all,

I've followed your latest discussions on LT which have encouraged me to
write and ask for your... advise! I represent VicTEAMS, a crime mapping
initiative in Venezuela. Statistics around crime are highly obscure and
censored in Venezuela, and we're trying to break through with user generated
crime-reports on a mapping platform (over 60% of victims never report, since
there is an over 90% impunity rate and almost half of the crime gangs have a
law-enforcement officer involved.) There's a post on the LT blog. I don't
want to go into detail here in case its not appropriate; I'm writing because
we are just starting of, we're a very small team with no funding yet and
wanting experienced advise.

Most respectable organizations in Venezuela that deal with Human Rights and
Violence/ Victimization issues have backed us up on an advisory level, but
because of the nature of it
(technology based organizations have just started, many around
election process with the upcoming elections.),
we wanted international help too, as it is planed for VicTEAMS to become an
replicable tool in other countries.
Here's a little peak on the situation:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/world/americas/23venez.html?_r=1&scp=6&sq=venezuela&st=cse

If any of you would be interested on discussing it, please let me know.

Patricia Ortiz

-- 
Patricia Ortiz Keme
www.victeams.org
phone: 650 995 3512
email: patricia at victeams.org
portizkeme at gmail.com
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