AGENDA: Register now to the Webinar #DigitalOrganizing Technology, Cooperation and Human Rights

We talk about Technology, Cooperation and Human Rights

When? 28th, 29th and 30th April from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CET – Barcelona Time (to check the time in other cities/regions, please click here)

Where? Open Webinar.
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Tuesday 28th April:
Wednesday 29th April:
Thursday 30th April:

Language? All sessions will be held simultaneously in Spanish and English

Organized by: NOVACT and Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament (ACCD)

COMPLETE PROGRAMME, download here.

#DigitalOrganizing for Social Change

Humanity is facing a global crisis. Perhaps, the greatest crisis of our generation. The decisions that citizens and governments will make in the coming weeks could shape the world for the next few years as well as our way of organizing for social change. Today, we know that many short-term measures taken during this emergency will become an integral part of our lives. This is the nature of emergencies: they speed up historical processes.

Given the emergence of COVID-19, Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remain fully in force and can be quarantined, since they can be a compass to overcome the current crisis, improve our resilience as humanity and benefit the planet.

In this seminar, we want to focus on one of the decision aspects that we will have to face: the relationship between technology and human rights. Will technologies serve to totalitarian surveillance with the excuse of facing the COVID19 crisis? Will we know how to take advantage of the potential of new technologies and work for social change? Will we know how to protect the most vulnerable people on this planet or will we move forward to isolation and xenophobic options? These are decisions that will be made quickly. We must urgently prepare.

In a recent conference, Angela Davis and Naomi Klein highlighted how, in times of crisis, we must learn to organize ourselves as an international movement and build it through the #DigitalOrganizing. This is why we are organizing this seminar. We understand that, even in the current isolation context, we must put efforts to harness the potential of new technologies to mobilize power in order to put it on service to social change. We have to take advantage of the solidarity networks that we have built and make the work towards a new social majority that builds international solidarity.


  • This seminar does not want to be a forum for technologists or experts. On the contrary: we want to offer a collective learning space for all those entities and movements that want to explore the potential of new technologies to adopt new methodologies for social change.
  • To provide tools to understand the responses to the COVID 19 crisis and the risk that they lead to totalitarian surveillance mechanisms.
  • To reflect the social implications of the use of systems that automate decisions in public administration with a human rights perspective.


  • Organizations for Global Justice
  • Human Rights Defenders
  • Associations facing the climate emergency
  • Anti discrimination movements
  • Public Administrations
  • Technological Innovation Centers


#DIGITAL Something not from the Valley
28th of April 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (Barcelona Time)

Silicon Valley and other “valleys” like Israel, China or India, are just some repetitive examples of technological innovation. Some states are putting these technologies into service of designing responses to COVID19 that may generate massive violations of Human Rights. In this session we will explore this as well as some methodologies of social and technological innovation serving in defence of human rights.

  • Welcome
    Bernat Solé i Barril, Catalan Regional Minister of External Action and Transparency
  • Presentation and goals of the Seminar
    Luca Gervasoni i Vila, Director of NOVACT
  • Habeas data: Human Rights Vulnerations and Surveillance
    Laia Serra, Lawyer, activist and trainer (ACDDH)
  • Citizen Evidence Lab: Harnessing open-source information and new methodologies for human rights. 
    Representative of Amnesty International
  • Social innovation and community development through technology and design
    Emilio Velis, Digital Fabrication Association of El Salvador.
  • REC Project: Social coin and blockchain for social economy
    Álvaro Porro, Commissioner for Social Economy, Local Development and Food Policy of the Barcelona City Council
  • Psycho-social support through artificial intelligence: A BOT to take care in times of emergency
    Representative of Doctors Without Borders.
  • Moderator
    Carme Gual, Director of the Catalan Agency for Cooperation to Development (ACCD)


#BIGDATA Back to the future
29th of April 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (Barcelona Time)

The tech industry has made profitable use of Bigdata to assess markets and formulate algorithms that predict certain consumer trends. The commercial success that these methodologies have generated, raise the question about if the same techniques have to be applied in other social contexts. Bigdata undoubtedly brings benefits and risks. In this session, we will try to analyse it.

  • Presentation
    Carme Gual, Director of the Catalan Agency for Cooperation for Development (ACCD)
  • Measuring the margins, the limits of digital data
    Carina Lopes, Head of Digital Future Society Think Tank of the Mobile World Capital
  • Citibeats: understanding the real needs
    Ivan Caballero, Technology entrepreneur and founder of Citibeats
  • Digital Humanity: Data to face climate emergency
    Pablo Martínez, Architect and specialist in urban planification and data science
  • Big Data and digital surveillance
    Lina Hegazi,  Advocacy Coordinator of  “7amleh” Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media
  • Data, surveillance and human rights from a global South perspective
    Valeria Betancourt, Head of APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme
  • Moderator
    Luca Gervasoni i Vila, Director of NOVACT

#ORGANIZING Learning to break the Echo Chamber
30th of April 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (Barcelona Time)

One of the key problems in the current communication context, is that NGOs and actors working for social change only know how to reach an audience within their echo chamber (around 30% of the population). It is often the case that we dedicate time to convince people who is already convinced without knowing how to find effective mechanisms that allow us to reach a broader audience. While this is happening, we leave all space to extreme right, hate speech and fear discourses.

  • Presentation
    Carme Gual, Director of the Catalan Agency for Cooperation for Development (ACCD)
  • Closer than ever: How can we work online for Human Rights?
    Leila Nachawati, co-founder of Syria Untold and media outreach lead at the Association for Progressive Communications
  • Solutions and technological innovation to face confinement in times of emergency: Hackovid
    Ricard Faura i Homedes. Techno-anthropologist, Professor at UOC and Head of the Service of Inclusiveness and Digital Training of the Catalan Government
  • Levadura Network: What techniques can we use to break our echo chamber?
    Saya Saulière, Co-founder of Komons, Co-Coordinator of project and member of the Network
  • #FakeNews: journalism in time of massive hoaxes
    Stéphane Grueso, Coordinator of digital alphabetization and educative strategies at
  • Moderator
    Montse Santolino, writer at La Directa and Responsible of Communication at


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ACDDH Defensa Drets Humans @ACDDH_
Addamer Palestine @Addameer
Al Marsad – Palestinian Policies Monitor @almarsad_ps
Alternative Information Center @aicnews
Association for Progressive Communications (APC) @APC_news
AREN – Western Sahara
Centre Euroarab @EuroArabEU
CADS @catsostenible
Caldes Solidària @CaldesSolidaria
Carta de la Paz a la ONU @CartaPazONU
Com-hub @Com-Hub
Computer Vision Centre @CVC_UAB
Digital Future Society @DFS_MWC
Fundació Autònoma Solidària @FAS_UAB
Fundació FICAT @fundacióficat
Fundació per la Pau @FundiPau
Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya @institut_IDHC
Impact Hub Barcelona @impacthub
Iridia – Centre de Defensa de Drets Humans @centre_IRIDIA
Kommons @Komons_org
Lafede Justícia Global @Lafede_cat
NOVA – Western Sahara @novaws2016
OPEV – Prevenir @opevorg
ODHE – Drets Humans i Empreses @ObservatoriDHE
REC Projecte de Moneda ciutadana @RECBarcelona
Red Levadura @RedLevadura
SAFI – Stop als fenòmens islamòfobs @SAFICatalunya
Shock Monitor @ShockMonitor
SomEnergia @SomEnergia
SOS Racisme @SOSRacis