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Wednesday, June 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Engaging Citizens at Scale in Restrictive Environments

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This session will bring together leaders from various human rights organizations who have deep experience in global citizen engagement in traditionally hard to reach countries. Their respective specializations range from gender-based violence, the rights of migrants, preventing and countering violent extremism, and measuring trust in CSOs. They will discuss how they leverage citizen voice to hone the focus of their initiatives, boost the impact of their campaigns, enable previously “unreachable” groups, and paint an accurate picture of what any given country truly thinks about important issues. This session will also address some of the barriers and limitations of traditional research methods that have failed to keep up with the pace of technological change and how average citizens engage with new ideas in the 21st century. It is clear that there is a necessity for new solutions that provide access while at the same time providing respondents with true anonymity and security. The panelists will begin by sharing their experiences and learnings. The session will then engage the audience soliciting questions, ideas, and feedback, towards developing solutions for their global challenges.

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Mercedes Fogarassy

Portfolio Manager, Global Citizen Engagement, RIWI Corp.
Mercedes manages the Global Citizen Engagement portfolio at RIWI Corp., focusing on amplifying citizen voices for partners in the humanitarian sector, including the World Food Programme, USAID, Oxfam, Freedom House and more.RIWI is a global survey technology and sentiment analysis... Read More →

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Alix Lawson

Program Officer, Freedom House
I am the Program Officer at Freedom House for the Human Rights Support Mechanism, an LWA under USAID for human rights programming. My interests include human rights work and its intersection with technology.
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Vijay Simhan

Manager, Investments, Humanity United
As Investments Manager, Vijay supports Humanity United’s Human Trafficking & Labor Migration portfolio, including engaging with corporations, governments, civil society, and workers to advocate, promote, and defend the rights of workers.
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Katrina Frappier

Katrina is a Needs Assessment Consultant at the UN World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. In recent years, Katrina’s work has focused on exploring the use of new innovative technologies to assess the needs... Read More →
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Althea Middleton-Detzner

Director, Hate Speech and Africa Lab, PeaceTech Lab
Althea is the Director of Hate Speech Programs and the Africa Lab at PeaceTech Lab. She has worked for over a decade in the broader peacebuilding field, with expertise in nonviolent movements, civil resistance, and corporate-community conflicts. Prior to working at the Lab, Althea... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
Village Stage (Laico)