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Wednesday, June 12 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
If you keep suggesting blockchain, I swear to God I will f—ing scream

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Promoting technologies like blockchain as a seemingly simple solution to complex humanitarian and development challenges oversimplifies these issues and celebrates tech as a "silver bullet" solution that will solve everything from poverty to the refugee crisis. This has led to many projects seeking technical solutions first without analyzing the challenges and opportunities, understanding the limits, potential, and threats that come with the technology in question, or including beneficiaries in decision-making. When we make decisions in humanitarian and development projects based on solutions we want to use, instead of user needs, we could be exposing beneficiaries to bigger risks, by leaving them out of decision-making process. Our panel of experts will discuss the following points: *What is technosolutionism and how to avoid it in projects? *How organizations and individuals can deal with technosolutionist demands from funders and partners. *So, what is blockchain and when *should* it be used in projects? *In praise of low-tech or no-tech solutions: How to shift media focus from shiny new toys in tech, to the mundane, consentful, and trusted solutions--and the complexity of the development work, participation, and research necessary that leads to successful and sustainable projects.


Dragana Kaurin

Founder & Director, Localization Lab
Dragana Kaurin is a human rights researcher and ethnographer working at the intersection of technology, human rights and migration. She is the founder and executive director of Localization Lab, a non-profit organization that works on technology adoption with local communities, research... Read More →

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Jon Camfield

Director, Global Technology Programs, Internews
Tools, training, threats, organizational security, SAFETAG.org, usability and our https://usable.tools project, and more!
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Mallory Knodel

Head of Digital, ARTICLE 19
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Tara Tarakiyee

Program Manager, Open Tech Fund
Talk to me about all things censorship circumvention and privacy enhancing technology!
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Neal McCarthy

Sr. Manager, ICT4D Programme, Oxfam
Neal McCarthy leads the ICT4D team at Oxfam America: supporting humanitarian, development and campaign teams in the adoption of technology in the service of program objectives, with the goal of increasing efficiency and amplifying impact. He espouses a rights-based approach to information... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
Oya 1 (Laico)