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Wednesday, June 12 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Is Open-Source Your Unicorn? Dialogue on the sustainability, data security, and ethics of human rights apps

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Global activists and human rights organizations know that data privacy and security should never be taken for granted. In practice, though, we often default to commercial closed source tools because they are so easy to use. And then there is the lingering question: are open-source alternatives really any better? This session will help human rights organizations walk through the seemingly complex world of open-source software to understand what they need to do to make and use more open-source tools. This session invites human rights organizations from around the world to discuss the considerations and challenges of using and developing open-source tools. In this fishbowl setting, participants will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from thought leaders, developers, human rights activists and technologists about the ins and outs of starting and sustaining open-source projects to: - Debate the ethical and security imperatives, misconceptions, and responsibilities for open source tools to “do no harm.” - Share practical lessons learned from using & building open source software for human rights work - Deep dive on secure data sharing - We want to hear about your needs, current solutions, hacks, and concerns about secure, distributed data sharing.

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Betsy Bramon

Principal, Kronia Collaborative
Betsy Bramon, is an interdisciplinary social impact consultant. With a multifaceted background as a donor, policy maker, service provider, and advocate, she works with nonprofits, tech-startups, private foundations and community groups to help teams achieve social good, from the inside... Read More →

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Rohini Lakshané

Director (Emerging Research), The Bachchao Project

Georgia Bullen

Executive Director, Simply Secure
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Raashi Saxena

Gapminder Foundation, Consultant
Ms. Raashi Saxena is a consultant for Gapminder Foundation, a Swedish non-profit that promotes sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. In 2018, she served as a panelist at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum and presented... Read More →
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Liz Steininger

CEO/Managing Director, Least Authority
Liz Steininger is the CEO/Managing Director of Least Authority in Berlin, a company supporting people’s right to privacy through security consulting and building secure solutions. Prior, she managed financing for Internet freedom projects at the Open Technology Fund. Liz has over... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
Biscay (Palais)