Backward Compatible: Cybertracker fuses ancient knowledge with cutting-edge technology

Excerpt: CyberTracker creator Louis Liebenberg, a South African scientist and author, first came up with the idea in 1996 while tracking with a group of Kalahari Bushmen. Liebenberg realized that he could help save the Bushmen’s rapidly disappearing knowledge if he could find a way to help trackers, who could […]

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Open Street Map

OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world. Unlike proprietary datasets like Google Map Maker, the OpenStreetMap license allows free access to the full map dataset. This massive amount of data can be downloaded in full, but also is available in immediately-useful forms like maps and commercial services. […]

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CyberTracker

CyberTracker Conservation is a South African non-profit company that develops handheld data capture solutions. Their flagship product is called CyberTracker 3 and can be downloaded free from the CyberTracker website. The software itself was first developed as a way to allow non-literate animal trackers to communicate their environmental observations. It […]

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KoBoToolbox

KoBoToolbox was co-founded by Phuong Pham and Patrick Vinck now based at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative who were confronted by the challenges of collecting data in a secure fashion, increasing the quality of survey data, and making results available rapidly after data collection. We first piloted handheld digital data collection […]

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Advancing the New Machine: Human Rights and Technology

Conference website: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/HRCweb/events/TechConference2011/index.html CONFERENCE OVERVIEW Information technologies are gaining a significant role in advancing human rights research and advocacy. But technology alone will not make the difference; what will is the combination of human rights defenders with the tools specifically designed to support their work. In May 2009 UC Berkeley’s […]

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