These are the 2018 Innovation Challenge Winners

A total of 101 creative applicants entered the Innovation Challenge 2018. They all brought forward ideas on how to increase the protection and efficiency of human rights defenders at risk. Today, Civil Rights Defenders announces the winners.

In many parts of the world, democracy and civil and political rights are under attack. Oppressive leaders keep finding new and increasingly sophisticated methods to silence the voices of those standing in the front line to defend the rights of others.

To challenge the oppressors is necessary, and innovative ideas are urgently needed. One forum where such ideas can be found, explored, and brought into action is our annual Innovation Challenge. This year, the jury chose four separate applicants as joint winners.

The Catch With Women

Amalia Toledo is an historian and lawyer from Puerto Rico. She is currently a project coordinator at the Karisma Foundation. Amalia leads the organisation’s work on gender and technology. Photo: Private.

The Karisma Foundation is a digital rights advocacy organisation that works to reduce gender inequalities. Their plan is to produce an innovative podcast that will lead the audience to reflect and critically examine how online narratives often exclude women.

Read more: “We Work to Reduce Digital Gender Inequalities”.

SugarCube User Interface

Christo’s avatar. Christo is the principal author and front figure of SugarCube. He has a background in programming and system administration, and currently focuses on enabling human rights defenders to conduct data based investigations.

One of the greatest challenges for many human rights defenders is to inform the public about the continuous human rights abuses in their environments. SugarCube is an initiative that aims to enable human rights researchers and investigators to use data to uncover and document human rights violations.

Read more: “SugarCube will Allow Human Rights Defenders to Expand Their Investigative Toolkit

Abir Ghattas is a Lebanese activist, digital communication strategist, and digital security trainer. In her work, Abir Ghattas focuses largely on women’s’ rights and the intersection of gender and tech. Photo: Private.

Unboxing Digital Security

In order to stay on top of things and avoid unnecessary risks, human rights defenders need access to the latest security information. Abir Ghattas and Dan Ó Cluanaigh are therefore presenting an updated security toolkit, adapted to the protection of LGBTI people in the Middle East.

Read more: “We Hope That It Will Help LGBTI People Stay Safe

Digital Security Cards

Vladimir Garay is a journalist as well as the Advocacy Director at Derechos Digitales. His focus within the organisation is to lead local and international advocacy campaigns.

Latin American journalists often become targets of violence and threats, online and offline. In order to meet this worrying trend, the organisation Derechos Digitales has come up with an idea to create awareness of the “digital risks” among journalists, so that they can be minimised.

Read more: ”We Help Journalists Avoid Risks and Visualise Digital Security”.

The Jury

This year’s jury consists of Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution, Jac sm Kee, Manager of the Women’s Rights Programme for the Association for Progressive Communications, and Anders L. Pettersson, Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders.

The Innovation Challenge is a competition for and with human rights defenders. Now in its second year, the challenge is financed by the Swedish Postcode Lottery.

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