Tactical Tech-Empowering Activists with Tech Tools

Awarded on 17 May 2011

United Kingdom

Information and Communication Technology

Grant amount £16,350.00

The Indigo Trust has awarded £16, 350 to Tactical Tech-an international NGO working
at the point where rights advocacy meets information management and technology, £5k for workshops.  £11, 350 of the grant will contribute to their Exposing the Invisible project which aims to visually represent the intangible, the undiscovered, the unacknowledged or
unexposed.

Tactical Tech describe why it is so important: “Visualisation of information can be an extremely powerful means for understanding issues and it is becoming a more popular technique at a period of information explosion.  Applied to issues of transparency and accountability in the developing world, visualisation could allow activists and independent journalists to represent some of the greatest threats to our societies; those that are the hardest to grasp, to witness and at times even to imagine.”

Tactical Tech aim to create an Atlas of the Invisible, showcasing visual examples that tackle issues related to transparency and accountability in the developing world.  They will achieve this through connecting activists with the will for social change to designers who have the skills to implement the ideas.  Our grant will facilitate these collaborations and lay the ground work for a larger project exploring these themes.

The remainding £5000 of the grant will be used to support a range of workshops provided to activists, providing them with the skills they need to use technology effectively for advocacy purposes whilst protecting their security and strengthening their case.