The same technology that has empowered millions of people to demand political and social change is being used by oppressive regimes worldwide to surveil and suppress dissent. Wickr Foundation, through workshops and seminars on cyber security, empowers human rights activists and journalists around the world to protect their communities while creating positive social change.
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STORIES OF ACTIVISTS ENDANGERING THEIR LIVES TO ADVANCE HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH CREATIVITY, POLITICAL WIT, AND TECHNOLOGY
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Nico Sell interviewed Danny O’Brien, International Director of Electronic Frontier Foundation on privacy, and the effects of surveillance on our behavior, free speech and self-censorship. Danny shared his experience working activists in understanding and countering the surveillance technology.
Ji Seong-ho is a North Korean defector who grew up during the country’s grueling famine in the 1990s. In order to survive, Ji would exchange stolen coal for food on the black market. While taking coal from a train car in 1996, a malnourished Ji lost consciousness and fell onto the tracks, losing his left hand and foot when a train ran over him.
After a grueling amputation surgery, Ji was left to fend for himself. In 2006, he escaped to South Korea, where he is now a law student at Dongguk University. Ji is also the president of Now Action and Unity for Human Rights, where he helps broadcast information into North Korea and facilitates the resettlement of defectors in South Korea.
Iyad el-Baghdadi is a Palestinian writer based in the United Arab Emirates who rose to prominence following his diligent reporting of the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermath. His Twitter account has consistently been ranked as one of the most important social media accounts in the Middle East. El-Baghdadi is known for his satirical work, “The Arab Tyrant’s Manual,” which humorously highlights how embattled leaders in the Middle East and North Africa responded to the 2011 uprisings. He is currently working on “The Arab Spring Manifesto,” a project that will provide a detailed account of his vision for an Islamic libertarianism.
Palestinian writer and activist Iyad el-Baghdadi delivered an eloquent rallying cry for the “Arab Spring Generation” at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum. El-Baghdadi explained how a generation struggling for freedom found its voice in the Arab Spring, only to fail to produce tangible results. The Arab Spring, el-Baghdadi argued, had no manifesto, no ideology, no plan—and was defeated when it came up against highly organized tyrants. El-Baghdadi emphasized the need for a new generation of organized intellectuals and thinkers—not just protestors—if the Arab Spring is to succeed.