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The Hague Hacks Festival 2019

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The Hague Hacks Festival multidisciplinary idea-creating event to brainstorm tech solutions to human rights challenges. Funded by ImpactCity

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The Hague Hacks Festival 2019

Set Free!

The Hague Hacks strives to bridge the gap between human rights and technology. We facilitate and connect a range of trans-disciplinary actors, to create and/or develop technology that empowers human rights defenders (H.R.D.s) and improves the safety and freedom of victims of human rights violations. The Hague Hacks Festival is our main ideation (idea creation) event of the year. We create a trans-disciplinary space where human rights defenders share their experiences and unpack human rights violations in their communities.

At The Hague Hacks Festival, we bring together tech experts, software developers, designers, engineers, etc., as well as H.R.D.s and diaspora members together. This plurality of perspectives enriches the problem-solving process and leads to innovative new tech ideas for human rights advocacy. We believe that these connections and ideas would never have occurred outside of our Festival Ideation sessions, and that is why our goal is to be that bridge between the worlds of peace and technology.

This year’s theme for the Festival is Set Free: Tech to Empower Human Rights and Freedoms. We will be focusing on four challenges to human rights and freedoms: Political Participation (Nicaragua), Gender Inequality (Bangladesh), Peace Education (Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Turkey/Kurdistan, North Korea), and Right to Expression and Association (Hong Kong).

All of our workshops are facilitated by human rights defenders, tech experts, and community leaders. We highly recommend that you register for workshops in advance. Learn more about The Hague Hacks Festival 2019 by clicking the link.

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Political Participation:

By The People, For The People

Country: Nicaragua

UDHR: Art.21:

(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. (2) Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country. (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Workshop Description:

Latinamerica is currently experiencing a wave of democratic oppression and human rights violations. In particular, Nicaragua is going through its most violent social uprising since the Sandinista Revolution of 1979, and is currently under an oppresive military dicatorship that has blocked all forms of freedom in the country. SOSNicaragua, a self-organized international solidarity group currently present in over 30 countries, has been working towards restablishing peace and democracy in the country. By incorporating a strong technological element as a cornerstone of their activism, SOSNicaragua is becoming an example of how even the strongest dictatorships can be stopped by collective, coordinated action.

Guiding Question:

How can technology reach out to and unite the Nicaragua diaspora to coordinate and reappropriate the Nicaraguan Government?

Gender Inequality:

Breaking the Bubble of Patriarchy

Country: Bangladesh

UDHR: Art.1:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of humanity.

Workshop Description:

Gender inequality is social justice issue as old as time. As gender equality increases in the West, this same acknowledgement of human rights and freedoms for women have not been equally accepted around the world. In Bangladesh, the internet has given women a new platform to share their experiences and struggles. Feminist portals and social media have become a hub for community building and advocating for gender equality, but also a source of conflict with those who do not share this progressive attitude.

Guiding Question:

How can tech be used more effectively to address gender inequality in Bangladesh? How do we spread the message of gender equality effectively and safely for a more just society?

Peace Education:

Information vs. Indoctrination

Countries: Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Turkey/Kurdistan, North Korea

UDHR: Art.2:

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Workshop Description:

Identities are not only founded on who a person or group is, but moreover, who they are not. This very healthy and natural differentiation can quickly escalate into negative Othering and dehumanization. As the world becomes more interconnected, the urge to differentiate ourselves becomes stronger, but so does the resistance towards "them". "Us vs. Them" thinking has dominated international political, ethnic and nationalist narratives over the last decade, leading to devastating consequences.

Guiding Question:

How can tech humanize "The Other" and bring people together?

Right to Expression and Association:

Right to Rally

Country: Hong Kong

UDHR: Art.19, 20:

Art. 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Art. 20: (a) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Workshop Description:

Change happens when individuals question the status quo; when they are free to think, to speak, to gather and to discuss. The act of protest is a time-honored tradition in democracy as a form of expression, democratic participation, and resistance against injustices. However, peaceful association can be met with violent force. In a technological age when state actors deploy increasingly compromising tactics to subdue protestors, the right to freedom of expression and association is equally under attack. We are witnessing this clash between the protestors of Hong Kong and the Chinese government.

Guiding Question:

How can new technologies enable safer, stronger and more effective protests?

Environment and Human Rights :

Our Home and Native Planet

Country: Global

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment:

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment: “A safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is integral to the full enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water and sanitation. Without a healthy environment, we are unable to fulfil our aspirations or even live at a level commensurate with minimum standards of human dignity.”

Supporting resolutions: A/HRC/10/61, A/HRC/22/43 (particularly Art. 7, 19, 20), A/HCR/RES/21/25 (Art. 4), A/HRC/40/L.22/Res.1 (Art 3.)

Workshop Description:

The right to a clean and sustainable environment is often overlooked as a human right because it is not enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, it’s undeniable that environmental rights and human rights are intertwined. UN resolution A/HRC/22/43 states that “[…] climate change has a wide range of implications for the effective enjoyment of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, housing and self-determination […]”. From deforestation to land grabbing to water pollution, environmental activists are protecting human rights by protecting the environment. Technology is a powerful tool for these environmental activists, not only to spread their message of respect and humanity, but also to collect evidence and document environmental abuses.

Guiding question:

How can technology predict/prove the link between environmental destruction and human rights challenges? How can technology empower the environmental activists advocating the rights of people and the planet?

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