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[liberationtech] New online course: "Introduction to Technology for Human Rights"

Enrique Piraces piracee at
Fri May 24 07:57:55 PDT 2013

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Enrique Piracés
Human Rights Watch

On May 24, 2013, at 9:39 AM, Christopher Tuckwood wrote:

Hi everyone,

This is my first submission to the mailing list after reading for a while but I thought this might be of interest to others here. My organization, the Sentinel Project<>, has just launched an online course called Introduction to Technology for Human Rights<>, which begins on June 10. It has been designed with activists, human rights defenders, development professionals, and journalists in mind. The topics cover basic principles for successfully incorporating technology into a human rights campaign and is introductory in nature so no specific technical skills are required - everyone is welcome.

If you can, please forward this on to any other relevant mailing lists or organizations where you think there might be interested people. We really appreciate any help!

     - Chris

chris at<mailto:chris at> | +1 (647) 222-8821

The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention<>


Technology is changing the nature of human rights

The Sentinel Project is excited to offer the brand new course Introduction to Technology for Human Rights<> running for five weeks from 10 June to 14 July 2013. Participants will learn about the relationship between technological tools and human rights through a combination of theory, principles, and real-world case studies from Kenya, Iran, and the Arab Spring. This will leave them equipped with the knowledge needed to incorporate technology into their own campaigns.

Activists are constantly adapting to use technology in new ways as it continually impacts the struggle to defend human rights worldwide. As mobile phone usage and internet access continue to rapidly increase, even in less-developed countries, technology has become an essential part of the landscape, influencing both the economy and civil society.

Who should take this course?

The ability to use new tools to their full potential while also recognizing their limitations and inherent risks has become essential for human rights defenders everywhere. From crisis mapping to social media to satellite imagery, people working in fields like human rights, international development, and journalism need to understand the opportunities and adversities they face when using technology to promote change.


  *   Week 1 – Introduction, History, and Principles
  *   Week 2 – The Mobile Revolution and Sub-Saharan Africa
  *   Week 3 – Mobilization, Citizen Journalism, and the Iran Election 2009
  *   Week 4 – Social Media, Mobile Apps, and the Arab Spring
  *   Week 5 – On the Horizon: The Future of Technology for Human Rights

For more details and to register, visit:


Course content is delivered through a combination of audio lectures, slides, videos, readings, small projects, and live video discussions held through Google+ Hangout. Everything has been structured to accommodate participants with varying work schedules and across different time zones.

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