On the 15th of December 2011 Dorota from 21c Consultancy participated in a seminar organized by the University of Essex and the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolutions (IDCR) to present the Puzzled by Policy project and to network with relevant stakeholders.
This seminar aimed to explore the different ways new technologies can be used to monitor, map and document human rights developments at the local, national and international level. The event brought together scholars, practitioners and experts from the University of Essex and partner organisations that are currently using new technologies for human rights awareness, analysis, and advocacy.
The seminar discussed how social networks and new communications technologies change the ways excluded groups articulate and aggregate demands for change and in what way have new technologies compromised efforts at bringing about progressive social change.
These challenges and opportunities were discussed by experts in the field namely by Ken Banks (FrontlineSMS), Jonathan Crook (Cyberalpha), Aygun Kazimova (Maplecroft) and Dr Anita Breuer (German Development Institute). Puzzled by Policy was positively accepted by the attendees and links were established with the head of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution.