For the family members (particularly the wives) of the unlawfully detained, one of the hardest parts of detainment is the loss of a confidante. How can we use technology to develop an emotional network of support for them?
A mobile van to provide knowledge and advice, create connections and create (global) awareness on unlawful detentions. Because of its mobility, it will allow people in remote areas to access information and internet access.
Around the world, from the Arab Spring to Chinese Anti-Corruption Campaigns to African Crisis Mapping to Occupy Wall Street, people are using mobile phones & online social networks/media to become activists & communicate important information.
This concept allows those who suspect they're going to be targeted to pre-prepare a plan and then set their phones or a non-tech device, so if the worst happens they can just click once to alert friends and family
A service that provides detainee support through micro-loans/gifts, a pro bono legal network, social network exposure, and moral support. This could be accomplished through detainee profile widgets incorporated into existing sites.
In order to fight against unlawful detention, it's important to make sure that the key data/resource (files, pictures, videos, contact lists, etc.) is owned and shared by the end-users. We need to decentralize the current network hierarchy.
The inspiration was: interruption-based security architecture.
The concept: Someone is detained. He was suppose to ping the system saying "I'm OK", but he can't. Because of this, a series of smart alarms are created.
Imagine a platform where data flowing in from various human rights realities around the world, is translated into real time infographics for everyone to see, in ONE place. Anyone can submit information through various channels part of our network. Data is the new oil, let's use it to it's max.
'Take Action on Google' utilizes the Google Map open source API technology (http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html) to create an interactive platform, bringing victims, supporters and the general public together into an online visual environment
Create a campaign similar to "Sponsor a Child" where people can learn about spouses' individual stories and donate directly to them. By radically shifting the webpage from statistics to emotional stories, viewers will care and contribute.
Inspired by finding low-tech solutions to issues of the unlawfully detained, this universal symbol could be used by detainees as a cry for help. This symbol would be flashed, Morse-d, carved or dropped in a bottle as a crumb of detainment...or worn as Shift Freedom Glasses!! http://www.openideo.com/open/amnesty/concepting/on-10th-dec-human-rights-day-exchange-your-profile-picture-for-the-shift-freedom-glasses-/ It could also serve (in the spirit of Banksy) as a tag on locations of detainment.
Data Visualizations or Infographics have the immense power of communicating seemingly complex data into informative and memorable visuals that resonate with the individual and are easily sharable with a click.
As evidenced by many of the concepts submitted so far, video is a medium that is at the intersection of words, image, and life. What if we could use video to spread the stories and voice of detainees in a safe and anonymous way? Through MY VOICE we could connect protestors and detainees to a global community in an impactful, engaging way.
To celebrate this years International Human Rights Day, let's all switch our profile pictures on social networks with one of ourselves with the 'Shift Freedom' glasses. Calling all human rights defenders to keep their eyes open for any suspicious activities in their local communities, while also raising the awareness of unlawful detention, and the fight for ending discrimination world wide.
Applying tech to petitioning can make it more accessible, effective, & powerful; even helping protect petitioners (who're petitioning against injustices like others unlawful detention) themselves from unlawful detention & other human rights abuses.
Each country is different and families and friends of detainees need to have advice that is relevant to them in their countries. In some countries it may endanger a detainee if a large public awareness campaign is launched; on the other hand in other places it can make a difference. Let's create a site with a wiki system with advice that pertains to each locale so that friends and family can know how best to act to protect their loved ones.
A simple watch can be turned into a cry for help if one is about to be detained unlawfully. With just the press of a button on said watch a message will be sent to family and friends the person deemed important enough.
Wells College Innovation Lab
There can be no one solution to help a detained person. Why not a network to provide effective solutions that are customized to meet their specific needs in real-time? We also need to keep the information secure to prevent backlash of technology by completely owning it. This is built from the first "Open IDEO student chapter @ NYU Poly" meeting ever!