Activism track

What is open source’s role in our culture and in our politics today? Demonstrate how you’re making a change in the world.

We don’t build open technology or open cultures in a vacuum. Given the political, cultural, and economic crossroads we find ourselves at right now, we’re adding a new track to explore how activists are using technology, how open source communities are supporting activists, and how other open source and activist communities intersect. While we don’t have past examples of activist talks, here are three topics we’d excited to see: ‘What technology security risks should activists pay attention to?’, ‘How can activist communities use open source technology to share information more effectively?’, and ‘What usability improvements will make open source tools more useful to activists?’

Proposals for this track

* A Community-Driven Future for Open Data Kit (ODK)

Open Data Kit (ODK) replaces paper surveys with smartphones. ODK tools are open-source and are primarily used by social good organizations to collect data quickly, accurately, offline, and at scale. ODK has been used to collect billions of data points around the world. In this talk, Yaw Anokwa and Hélène Martin, two of the leaders of the ODK community discuss the problems that inspired ODK’s design, demonstrate the impact the tools are having, and describe how the Open Source Bridge community can contribute to an open-source, community-driven future for mobile data collection tools.
Activism 2017-03-07 18:37:38 +0000
Yaw Anokwa, Hélène Martin

* Voting-Method-Reform Activism

Activists around the world are experimenting with using voting to coordinate their decisions, and it's obvious that secure, open-source software must handle this form of communication. Yet typically such software is developed without involving "voting architects" who understand the math behind fair and unfair voting methods. Let's bridge this gap. Together we can build surveys and decentralized collaboration systems that bring democracy to very high levels of fairness, especially compared to the intentionally unfair use of single-mark ballots in governmental elections.
Activism 2017-03-13 06:20:31 +0000
Richard Fobes