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Technology Salon DC

What Technology Approaches Improve Governance and Civic Engagement?

Washington, DC - May 1 - RSVP Now
All citizens should be able to hold their governments accountable to deliver quality public services in a transparent and responsive manner. Starting at the grassroots level, citizens should be able to define what a government should do, express that desire, see it enacted, and rate the result.

Yet that's an idea rarely achieved - even in the "developed" world. How can we leverage ICT's facilitate and accelerate good governance globally?

Please RSVP now for the next Technology Salon where we will ask ourselves questions like these to find new ways to use technology in support of better citizen engagement and good governance outcomes:
  • What existing programs already engage citizens and their government?
  • How can ICTs make citizen engagement processes more inclusive?
  • Is there any evidence that ICTs improve governance?
  • What are the challenges and realities? How can we mitigate them?
  • What traditional and offline tools enhance technology solutions?
  • What are the potential privacy, ethics, and security issues inherent when using ICTs for citizen engagement?
Please RSVP Now to join these thought leaders for a stimulating debate led by Cathryn Meurn of Vital Wave, on the future of technology for governance and accountability: We’ll have coffee and snacks for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Please RSVP Now. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

Technology for Good Governance
Technology Salon DC
8:30 – 10:30am
May 1st, 2019
Downtown Washington, DC
RSVP is required for attendance

What Can We Do About Press Crackdowns and Online Censorship?

Redwood City - April 24th - RSVP Now
Defending a free press becomes more challenging with each passing day and advancement in technology, especially when governments leverage technology to increase control and spy on their populations. Indeed, China’s ‘digital authoritarianism’ is spreading globally, especially throughout southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. For example:  At the same time, proposed solutions and approaches continue to arise from an array of civil society sources and free speech advocates: The private sector is starting to take notice. YouTube disallowed comments on videos about hate crimes, but only after they led to hate speech. After much pressure, Facebook revamped its online content standards, though many are concerned that it didn’t go far enough. And just last week, Facebook announced new efforts and tools to end the spread of misinformation. However, tech companies’ uneven and often reluctant reactions spur questions:
  • Should companies be required to play a larger role?
  • Who takes the lead: government or business in ensuring each tool acts responsibly?
  • And who is leading successful approaches to support movements of people who enable collaboration and unity?
Please RSVP now to join your peers in a dynamic discussion around free speech, censorship, and technology, diving into questions such as:
  • As China’s Internet censorship influence rises, how can journalists, women, and minorities find and share the information they need?
  • What impact will UK’s Online Harms White Paper will it have, if any, on European opinion and regulations?
  • Which governments are supporting new civil discourse solutions and greater freedom of speech?
  • Where are local media innovating to overcome restrictive policies?
  • What can we do now to support an open Internet and healthy around the world?
  • How can Silicon Valley support foundational open source tools that protect journalists and human rights activists?
  • What is the responsibility of platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, WhatsApp to combat hate speech? What emerging tools can prevent fake news?
Please RSVP now to join these thought leaders who will guide our discussion on free speech and civic engagement: We’ll have coffee and breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited to ensure an intimate discussion. Be sure to RSVP quickly. Once we reach our 35- person capacity there will be a waiting list!
Free Press and Online Censorship
San Francisco Technology Salon
9:00 - 11:00 am - Discussion Begins at 9:30
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Vodafone Americas Foundation,
275 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City, CA
RSVP is required for attendance

This TechSalon is possible thanks to the support of the Vodafone Americas Foundation.The San Francisco Bay Area Technology Salon is managed by the international nonprofit Inveneo

About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in-person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • Technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • Private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!
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