'Diplohacking' for human rights

2 Mar 2016 09:56 AM

At a 'Diplohack' event held in Geneva on 26 and 27 February a group of techies, designers, entrepreneurs, human rights experts and diplomats spent the entire weekend working on innovative ways to gather & verify evidence of human rights violations and to share them with the OHCHR 

On Monday 29 February the ideas and prototypes from this event were presented to foreign minister Bert Koenders, who was in Geneva to attend the UN's Human Rights Council. The participants, who were divided into four teams, came up with a range of ideas and practical solutions, including:

After the ideas were presented to him, Mr Koenders symbolically handed them over to the OHCHR. 'We need you, the Diplohackers', said the minister. 'Innovation is crucial if we are to do a good job in the field of human rights.' He stressed the importance of being able to share reliable information quickly, and how essential technology is to this process. The Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, was impressed by the creativity and innovation demonstrated by the Diplohackers. She said that she was keen to make use of the results of the Diplohack event.

For more information on this Diplohack and other Diplohack events, see: www.diplohack.org.