Evidence + Influence
INFO ACTIVISM CAMP 2013
APPLY BY FRIDAY 19th APRIL
Tactical Tech is an organisation dedicated to the use of information in activism. We aim to inspire innovative campaigns and provide practical support for collecting, investigating and curating evidence for advocacy. We do this through project partnerships, trainings and developing and distributing resources.
People around the world are using digital tools and visualisation techniques to expose injustice and abuse, creating subversive narratives to challenge the status quo and mobilising for action. We call the strategic, safe and creative use of digital tools and information in campaigning information activism.
We focus on the use of data, design and technology in campaigning through our Evidence & Action programme and on helping activists understand and manage their digital security and privacy risks through our Privacy & Expression programme.
Bringing practitioners together to discuss and debate, share, critique and improve ideas, solve-problems, inspire each other and develop new practices for evidence-based advocacy.
You know about Wikileaks, but do you know how journalists from The Guardian turned thousands of leaked cables into information graphics? Or how Greenpeace used publicly available data to expose the funding connections between climate change skeptics and the oil industry in the US, through Exxon Secrets? And how Kazeboon, a group of young activists in Cairo used crowd-sourced video documentation of police brutality in street screenings to educate the public and contradict the state media monopoly?
There has been a surge of innovation in working with evidence across different sectors because of access to a diverse range of publishing platforms, availability of relatively easy-to-use information gathering, documentation and visualisation tools and the sheer amount of information publicly accessible online. The ability for activists to collect and use evidence in these ways presents an exciting threshold for political influence and campaigning beyond the scope of reports, petitions and demonstrations. How can we learn across disciplines and share some of these techniques and skills?
New techniques and approaches also throw up new challenges. How do you process and analyse thousands of documents in different formats and what are the ethical implications of releasing and using data whose contents you don’t actually know and can’t verify? How can you identify storylines in data and find creative ways of representing it that engages audiences? What about the double bind of working with evidence which can be used to expose abuse and misconduct, but can also be used to entrap you and others?
To explore the answers to questions like these Tactical Tech is hosting the ‘Info-Activism Camp 2013: Evidence & Influence’. The Camp is both a skillshare and peer-learning event and a space in which to foster collaboration. We will explore new ideas and solutions that will contribute to enhancing creative & technical practices and deepening critical debates in this inter-disciplinary field. Everyone who participates in the Camp will have something to teach and to share whether it be practical and thematic advocacy experience, data wrangling skills, information design, data security techniques, collecting and handling data or creative ideas for visualising evidence for advocacy.
Our tentative agenda will focus on three different themes:
- Collecting, finding and investigating data
- Curating, manipulating and working through data
- Working creatively to find and present evidence