From February 8-10, my colleagues and I organized a PeaceTech Exchange on technology for transparency and accountability. 46 activists, journalists, and civil society representatives from across Central America and Mexico came to Costa Rica for a 3-day conference on data visualization, communication strategy, data collection and anonymous leaking.
"The second core PeaceTech Lab program is PeaceTech Exchange, information-sharing meetings in which the lab brings in technologists from the U.S. to work with activists on conflict resolution. “Our basic operating theory is that if peace builders are equipped with low-cost, easy-to-use tools that help them communicate better, collect information better, make better decisions, then they'll be more effective,” says Derek Caelin, a lab specialist who runs exchanges in countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. The technologies range from mapping software to track attacks against journalists to a website that improves government transparency."
I spoke with my colleague Giselle Lopez about the PeaceTech Exchanges at the Tech4Dem Happy Hour.