Rick and Darian Swig
(List current as of March 26, 2009.)
The Human Rights Center would like to thank all the speakers, moderators, sponsors, attendees, and volunteers who helped make Soul of the New Machine possible.
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Recent innovations in science and technology have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and to disseminate this information in real time throughout the world. The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley is pleased to showcase these recent developments and push new frontiers of applied research.
The Soul of the New Machine, an international conference, will be held May 4 and 5, 2009, on the Berkeley campus. It will convene leading thinkers and practitioners to share best practices and develop new strategies for incorporating technology to address human rights abuses. It will also inspire the creation and advancement of innovative projects voters through the “Mobile Challenge,” a competition for using mobile technology in human rights investigations and advocacy.
The international conference will provide a space for leading thinkers, civil society members, activists, programmers, and entrepreneurs to imagine, discover, share, solve, connect and act together.
The conference will focus on two areas of justice and human rights work: 1) evidence gathering and documentation and 2) advocacy and outreach. Conference participants will explore how new developments in science and technology could advance these two areas. The conference will combine keynote addresses and plenary sessions with hands-on opportunities to interact with developers and users during panel discussions, workshops, and a poster session/exhibition hall. The conference will also showcase the projects resulting from the Mobile Challenge (see below).
Technical Workshops and Group Discussions
Poster Sessions / Exhibit Hall
The Mobile Challenge
The Challenge received 50 project submissions from 23 countries. Ten finalists were selected by online community vote, and award winners, selected by a panel of judges, were announced at the conference. Winners received cash awards to implement their projects, as well as technical support from NetSquared volunteers. The winners are:
First prize ($15,000) and a MinoHD camcorder from Flip Video:
Second prize ($10,000):
Third prize ($5,000):
Conference registration is now closed. Please tune in to watch the live webcast during the conference or download sessions later.
The Exhibit Hall will feature a Poster Session and an exhibit of the Mobile Challenge finalists' projects.
The Poster Sessions will provide a space for individuals to interact informally and learn from existing or proposed projects. The exhibition hall will be open to the public throughout the conference. Up to 20 corporations, governmental agencies, NGOs, academic institutions and individuals will present their work in poster sessions or online demonstrations. Exhibits will include representatives of:
(2) Communication and advocacy
(3) Mobile Challenge projects
(4) Academic research
Participation will be opened to qualified organizations and individuals, selected through an application process.
We have created a social network site on Ning in order to provide space for participants to network, discuss topics related to human rights and technology, and submit their ideas for technical workshops they'd like to see at the conference. You can also read our conference blog, upload videos and photos, and create groups. Visit our site here.