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[liberationtech] Free Elections Hackathon

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Mon May 14 07:23:43 PDT 2012

From: Dan Stanley <dan at>

Hi all

Just wanted to let you know about an event taking place in London next

It's called the Free Elections Hackathon, and as the name suggests, its
bringing together all the latest developments in how technology can
contribute to free and fair elections around the world.

At the moment we have two major projects:

   - Improvements and upgrades to OneWorld's amazing real-time election
   monitoring system, which they ran successfully in the recent Senegal
   Presidential elections. If you've not seen this system before, you should
   definitely check out the website here:,
   and watch this video:

   - Investigating how technologies such as mobile & cellular
   communication, crowd-sourced mapping, remote data plotting and covert data
   transfer can contribute to monitoring of the electoral process in countries
   where domestic and international observation is restricted. We'll be
   looking particularly at how to address the key issue of
   corroboration/verification, and running at least a couple of country
   specific workshops looking at practicalities - Zimbabwe and Iran look
   likely topics for those at present.

Its taking place on Saturday 16th June, at the Centre for Creative
Collaboration near King's Cross Station. The tickets are going to be
released in about a week, but in the mean time I thought I'd let people on
this list know about it, to see if anyone would like to be involved in the
event, or had some suggestions about other groups or individuals who might
want to be.

Any ideas, questions, requests, email me at dan at


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