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Annual Report 2009-2010

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All photos in this report by Digital Democracy

l Project Einstein participants in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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In 2008, we launched Digital Democracy (Dd) inspired by a simple but powerful idea: Technology should be used to empower even the most marginalized groups to engage in democratic action, on a local, national and international scale. In January of 2011, we watched people in Egypt’s Tahrir Square and throughout the Middle East and North Africa raise their voices and call for a more just political system. Using technology to share their stories and coordinate the protests, we were reminded of the work of our Burmese friends, who in 2007 also used mobile phones and internet tools to coordinate a hundred-thousand nonviolent protesters in Burma’s major cities. The Burmese military ended this hopeful campaign with guns and shutting down internet and mobile phone services for five full days. The twin potentials and dangers of new tools became clear to us, and in that moment, the idea for Digital Democracy was born. We launched as an organization one year later, and in the past two years we have worked in over 21 countries, strategically employing technology to enhance the work of our partners addressing human rights. From Burma to Indianapolis, Haiti to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh to Kazakhstan, Dd works with local partners to activate change and empower communities. Working with local tech companies and community organizations, Dd’s model focuses on human-centered, innovative collaboration to amplify local voices. Where conditions are the worst, where work is hardest, where repression is strongest, where voices are the most silenced, that is where our work begins. But it is not where it ends. Two years into our launch as an organization, Digital Democracy is just getting started. The lessons we have learned about digital literacy, organizing and governance are lighting the way for an approach which focuses on nimble, strategic opportunities, using limited resources to make huge strides. We are humbled by the fight that our partners around the world take on each day and inspired by our collaborations and the success we have had helping them build better futures. With deep gratitude to our global community of supporters who have made this work possible, we are thrilled to launch our first annual report. Covering the period from November, 2008, when we incorporated under the auspices of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy until the end of 2010, when we filed for our own independent non-profit status, the report documents our work to empower marginalized communities around the globe, and the inspirational ways they are using technology to build their own futures. Sincerely, Emily Jacobi & Mark Belinsky

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Overview Founder’s letter Mission Vision Description & Values Overview & Program Phases Where we act Timeline Programs Digital Literacy Project Einstein Digital Organizing Handheld Human Rights Digital Governance In-Depth Program Profiles Burma Haiti Bridges to the USA & International Community The Tools We Use Finances & Faces Team Advisors Financials Acknowledgements Supporters
 A public telephone booth in Yangon, Myanmar/Burma.

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Our mission is to empower marginalized communities around the world to use digital tools to build their own futures.

Our vision is a world where all people can meaningfully participate in decision-making to build stronger and more prosperous societies.

 Residents of Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Founded in 2008, Dd is a New York-based non-profit organization that works with partners around the globe to further their digital democracies. Dd has brought its agile and adaptive approach to 21 countries, using its combined expertise in technology and human rights to customize trainings and solutions to local needs. By sourcing local definitions of democracy and remaining technology-agnostic Dd’s programs and services are customized to truly match local perspectives and potential. Through programs that develop digital literacy, digital organizing and digital governance Dd helps communities raise their voices, share and strengthen them and build platforms to engage the institutions that govern their lives. Dd works collaboratively with local tech partners and community organizations to build sustainable solutions for that region.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 19 – Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

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Community Organization

Local Technologists

We value Listening Collaboration Human Rights Non-violence Resistance Working with grassroots groups Human-Centered Design Systems Thinking FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) Agile Development

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 Islam Katum, 13, takes a photo as part of Project Einstein Bangladesh in the Kutupulang Refugee Camp.

Digital Democracy believes changes comes from people, not tools alone.
Incorporating local definitions of democracy is key to driving sustainable systemic change. Digital tools enable people to elevate and amplify their voices in new ways. Harnessed effectively, digital tools can empower new forms of participation and civic engagement.
ratio of time spent on people vs tools

In successful programs, technology is only 10% of the equation. The other 90% is human. Partnering closely with local groups, we work to understand local needs and apply appropriate technology, spending the time on training and deployment to create successful initiatives.
people tools

Graphic & concept inspired by Chris Blow's vision for Ushahidi Deployments.

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In 2008, Emily and Mark traveled to the Thai-Burma border with the Center for Peace Building International to research the situation of Burmese refugee youth. In interviews with 100 young people, the research team discovered a correlation between internet access and self-identification as activist. Even in remote refugee camps, young people with access to internet via a phone or internet cafe reported feeling less isolated, more connected and more hopeful about the future. That fall, this finding proved prescient, as young people and Buddhist monks inside the country leveraged digital tools to coordinate the largest protests in a generation. On September 29, 2007, the government responded brutally, killing hundreds, arresting thousands, and turning off the internet & mobiles for five days. From the great hope and tragedy of the Saffron Uprising in Burma, the idea for Digital Democracy was born. To address the most marginalized communities’ needs and have the most impact on their progress, Dd works in three places.
the digital democracy process

Dd builds partnerships with community groups. Dd programs empower them to use technology to address human rights in innovative ways, focusing on the three program phases: Digital Literacy, Digital Organizing and Digital Governance.

program phases

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repressive regimes , like Burma/Myanmar

communities in crisis ,

transitional states ,

like Haiti

like Guatemala.

digital organizing

digital governance

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 Ukraine

 Georgia
Dd sends video cameras to partners in Tbilisi who film for user-generated documentary, “Life in a Day.“

 Armenia
Dd produces a report on how new technology is being used to amplify the voices of Armenian citizens & participates in the first Barcamp Yerevan.

 Kazakhstan
Dd trains students to create public service announcement videos & use social media to broadcast their videos locally and globally.


Dd presents on “the future of libraries” & trains librarians from Ukraine and Romania to use tech to manage information.

 China
Dd leads photography training with Burmese groups & investigates how community groups use ICT along the Burma border.

Dd presents at universities, conferences & institutions, testifies before U.S. Congress & NYC Council. Dd leads Project Einstein Indianapolis, a yearlong program with resettled Burmese high school youth.

 Iraq
Dd, with Small World News & Irex, leads technical trainings on open source software & presents at a conference about e-governance & media and civil society’s role in protecting and promoting internet freedom.

 Philippines
Collaborating with local volunteer-led community group, Dd creates "Philippines Clean Election 2010" website, enabling people to report election violence & voter intimidation during and after national elections.

 Bangladesh
Dd researches ICT use by Burmese civil society groups and leads first Project Einstein with Rohingya youth from Burma who live in a refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Burma border.

 Guatemala
Dd conducts a two-month Project Einstein workshop with indigenous youth in isolated Zona Reyna.

 Haiti
Working closely with grassroots organizations in Port-au-Prince, Dd trains women to use digital tools to combat gender-based violence. Days before the earthquake, Dd conducts a Project Einstein training in Gros Monde. (See page 34)

 Zimbabwe
In Harare, Dd investigates uses of technology to overcome the obstacles inherent to a closed society & survival despite hyperinflation.

 Chile
Dd trains volunteers to map reports using Ushahidi after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Santiago.

 Kenya
Dd incubates "Sisi ni Amani/We are Peace,” a program that amplifies peace actors’ work within Kenya & includes photography, innovative mapping & peace-building workshops. Sisi is fully independent after six months.

 South Africa
With local partner organization Khulisa, Dd runs Project Einstein with 13 street kids in Pretoria.

 Burma / Myanmar
Dd launches Handheld Human Rights with Burmese community-based organizations working along Burma’s borders & reports on use of ICT inside the country. (See page 32)

 Thailand
Working closely with Burmese human rights and educational groups along Thai-Burma border, Dd launches Handheld Human Rights, leads Project Einstein & profiles Thai netizens on DdTv.

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October Research & Programming trip to South Africa & Zimbabwe _ Launch Project Einstein Pretoria, South Africa November Establish office in NYC _ November 20: Incorporate in New York State

January Begin working on pilot programs with Burmese partners February Attend Mobile Tech for Social Change in NYC April Conduct research on ICT use in Armenia & participate in Barcamp Yerevan May Handheld Human Rights (HHR) wins 3rd place prize from UC Berkely's Human Rights Center & FACT social justice award from NetSquared June Co-Sponsor Participation Camp NYC July Launch of Dd Advisory Board August Launch Digital Democracy TV (DdTv) _ Conduct research in Burma/Myanmar

November Launch Kickstarter campaign to translate Cory Doctorow’s "Little Brother" into Burmese December Reach Kickstarter goal _ Launch partnership with MIT Center for Future Civic Media & Eyebeam January Launch Project Einstein trainings in Gros Monde, Haiti _ Support Ushahidi Haiti Earthquake Response March Release report on Haiti _ Release report on
Haiti Research 2010
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Empowering Civic Engagement Through Digital Technologies

September Launch HHR with partners in Thailand _ Launch Project Einstein Thailand _ Livestream conversation between participants in Thailand & US audience

October Testify to Helsinki Commision at US Congress

April Launch gender-based violence program with Haitian women partners _ Conduct photography workshop with women in Haiti

May Launch Project Einstein Guatemala _ Present at the U.S. Department of State _ Partner with Philippines Clean Elections

China/Burma Border _ Begin incubation of Sisi Ni Amani – We are Peace program

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Empowering Civic Engagement Through Digital Technologies

China-Burma Border Research 2008

June Partner with local group in Ethiopia on election monitoring _ Testify on Open Data to the NYC Council _ Present Ignite Talk at Foo Camp _ Train NYC public school students

July Launch Sisi ni Amani in Nairobi, Kenya _ Iraq Tech Training with Small World News _ Film for "Life in A Day" in Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, Georgia _ Livestream Event: connect women in Port-au-Prince with live audience in NYC

August Photo exhibit in Guatemala by Project Einstein participants, in partnership with HablaGuate

September Release Report: Armenia _ Commit to 2 year program fighting GBV in Haiti at Clinton Global Initiative _ Launch of Free Jiew campaign for Internet Freedom in Thailand

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October Launch CitizenReporting initiative in Haiti on violence & elections.

November Release Report: Burma/Myanmar _ Launch Project Einstein Indianapolis _ Begin Strategic Planning with Helsinki Group _ Release Report: Zimbabwe _ Media training with Irex for teens in Atyrau, Kazakhstan

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December Train Romanian & Ukrainian librarians in Kiev

Burma/Myanmar Research 2009

Armenia Research 2009

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Empowering Civic Engagement Through Digital Technologies

Zimbabwe Research 2008

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Digital Literacy

What do the tools do?

Digital Organizing

Digital Governance

Digital Literacy is the foundation for any work with technology. Dd works with local partners to develop their literacy on a variety of tools, focused on building basic skills. This equips partners to share their perspectives and tell their own stories. Dd tailors trainings to partners’ goals and the local context. Partners learn through Dd curricula; new skills and security are the focus. · · · · · · Dd Teaches: Media: photo, video & audio production New Media: blogging, Twitter, Facebook, virtual worlds Mapping & Data Visualization Mobiles: security, SMS & more Legal frameworks: Creative Commons, GPL Cloud Computing: storage, collaboration, coding Additionally, Dd works with partners to adapt tools and curriculum into local languages.

“Project Einstein” is a Dd program that builds participants’ digital literacy and self-expression. The first project Einstein was conducted in 2008 by Rohingya refugee youth in Bangladesh. After a week of taking photos on four different themes, the group of students ages 11-14 were asked to name the project. They chose Project Einstein because “Einstein was a refugee who could still do great things.” Following the initial training, the curriculum has incorporated a digital pen-pal component to connect youth in refugee camps with resettled refugees and their classmates in the US. Project Einstein sites include: South Africa, Thailand, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Haiti, and Indianapolis. Dd has published a free 20-page manual available in three languages as of December 2010.

 Project Einstein participant uses a flip camera in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Digital Literacy

How do I use these tools to make change?

Digital Organizing

Digital Governance

 Juggling mobile phones in Pretoria, South Africa.

Digital Organizing requires understanding safety and security, when using tools to connect with others and build movements for change. Dd helps partners be strategic when collecting, storing and using data. Focusing on the most pressing human rights issues in partner communities, Dd helps build movements for change. · · · · · · Key Concepts: Secure data collection, storage & aggregation Campaign strategies & non-violent organizing Collaborative workflows Crowd- & Community-sourcing Data visualization for advocacy Hosting BarCamps & Unconferences
Women leaders meet in Port-auPrince, Haiti l

Work around the world: Number of people trained by Dd staff: 505 Trainings & Workshops: 30 Tech & Security trainings: 8 Ushahidi Deployment trainings: 8 Project Einstein Deployments: 6 Election-Monitoring Projects: 3 Public work by Dd partners: Photos taken in Project Einstein participants: 7,171 HHR logs of human rights violations: 661 Research & Information-Sharing Dd talks & presentations: 58 DdTv episodes released: 13 Country Reports: 5

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Digital Literacy

Digital Organizing

Digital Governance

Handheld Human Rights (HHR) is an approach to human rights collection & advocacy that emphasizes incorporating new tools into the work of human rights defenders to make their work more secure, and their findings more actionable. HHR was first implemented in Burma/Myanmar in fall, 2009. Many human rights organizations operate around Burma’s border areas to document human rights violations and educate local populations on how to recognize human rights abuses. For more than a decade, these groups have bravely collected the testimonies of survivors, writing reports to inform the international community of the dire human rights situation inside the country. In doing so, these groups face enormous challenges including security threats, logistical obstacles, and obstacles to collaboration. Dd worked with these human rights organizations and technology partners on the Thai-Burma border to understand the complex security issues they were facing, and begin testing mobile tools to enhance communication. The result was a program that accomplished two goals: testing more secure communication within and between organizations, and creation of a public map & data visualization tool to aggregate more than a decade’s worth of rich human rights documenation in one public resource.

The HHR model enables organizations to: · Disseminate key information and messages to field workers, via email & SMS. · Share critical information with other organizations across international borders. · Share non-confidential information on a public map to be used for advocacy purposes. · Rapidly disseminate news of human rights violations to the international community and advocacy groups.

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Digital Literacy

How do I use these tools to influence decision-making?

Digital Organizing

Digital Governance

Digital governance is a frontier being defined in part by Dd, and the final phase of Dd programs. Dd works with marginalized groups because building their skills and knowledge of tools leaves them best-placed to move from the margins to positions of leadership and influence in their communities. This third phase of Dd’s programming engages citizens to influence governance issues with a focus on transparency and participation Digital governance communicates citizens’ interests in ways never before possible. Dd helps partners realize the possibilities for digital governance through a variety of tools and approaches, including: · · · · Open data initiatives Apps for democracy Real-time citizen-informed emergency response Testifying before domestic and international governing bodies · Collaboration tools

 Mark trains NYC public school students how to map their ideas for future public spaces in New York City.

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 A main road in Yangon, Myanmar/ Burma

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The following pages offer an overview of our in-depth commitment to two communities: Burma/Myanmar & Haiti.

Burma/Myanmar is ruled by one of the most repressive and abusive military regimes on the planet. There, both internet access and speech are censored. Forced labor is common and there are high numbers of political prisoners. Armed conflict affects much of the country, and sexual violence is used as a tool of war against ethnic minorities. Refugees International estimates 3 million refugees live around Burma’s borders. Escaping ethnic violence, forced labor and political incarceration that exists inside the country, many are forced to flee the country. Dd has worked with groups along the borders in Thailand, India, Bangladesh, China and inside Burma/ Myanmar to help them enhance security, organize more effectively, and build bridges to the population in Diaspora. With Handheld Human Rights, Dd has created a way to drive international advocacy and attention to stop human rights abuses. Working in this incredibly repressive environment requires tenacity and patience. Much of the work, including inside the country, cannot be discussed publicly for security reasons. However, Dd has successfully conducted trainings, sparked events and worked in coalition with many partners.

“In Burma, the obstacle is information – people inside the country need information, and they aren’t getting it.”
Burmese student

 Burmese monk speaks to the press in Delhi.

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 Going to school in Mayawaddy.

With Burmese populations, Dd has focused on digital literacy & organizing programs.
digital literacy

· Research on the use of digital tools by community-based organizations in Thailand, India, Bangladesh & China · Project Einstein trainings in refugee camps in Bangladesh & Thailand, with resettled refugee youth in Indianapolis, Indiana · Campaign to translate Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother into Burmese languages · Security trainings · Computer skill certification & trainings with ABITSU · Localizing Ushahidi into Burmese script · Blogging & website development with ABMA · Jumpstarters – distributing local language computer applications and media (including movies & books) · Producing DdTv episodes on local & international issues
digital organizing

Partners ABITSU (All Burma IT Student Union) ABMA (All Burma Monks Alliance) BIT (Burma Information Technology Team) Guardian Project InSTEDD Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh Leadership Management Training College, Mae La Refugee Camp, Thailand North Central & Southport High Schools, Indianapolis, Indiana Ushahidi

· · · ·

Campaign building & risk-analysis Organizing tech conferences Logistical support during emergency situations Distributed toolkits with materials including: videos, books, music, manuals, software programs · Hardware distribution · Secure communication · Mobile map-based messaging
digital governance

· Lectures & presentations on open government based on a human rights framework

 A young man plays Burmese hip-hop songs on his mobile phone outside the Mandalay Royal palace.

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In January 2010, Dd sent a research team to Haiti to explore economic livlihoods through an interactive media project with local youth. On January 12 the team found themselves caught in the devastating earthquake in Port-Au-Prince that killed 30,000 people. In From the United States, Dd could not communicate with the team in Haiti, but helped to facilitate the first international crowdsourced humanitarian response in history. The concept was for Haitians on the ground to be able to send an SMS, Tweet or Facebook message to ask asking for help, have the request placed onto a map by volunteers abroad enabling so that international aid workers on the ground to locate and save lives. In the spring, Dd evaluated how it could best serve the continue hardship on the ground. Watching genderbased violence surge to alarming levels in the tentcamps, a Dd team traveled to Haiti to participate in talks focused on women. While in the meetings, Dd noticed the absence of grassroots women activists amongst international and domestic leaders convened by the UN. Being that the majority of households in the country are comprised of single mothers and given the fact that rape was not criminalized until 2005, Dd knew that the largest impact would be for the women to be empowered to protect themselves in the short term and have a massive shift in political engagement in the long term. To bridge that gap, Dd partnered with women who have advocated against GBV for over ten years, starting with a digital photography training. Then Dd partnered

“The technology trainings that began in 2010 have brought about a major change in the capacity of grassroots women… They have given us more confidence in ourselves, and have increased the impact and visibility of our work in the fight to reduce violence against women and girls.”
Eramithe Delva & Malya Villard Appolon, Co-Founders of KOFAVIV (The Commission of Women Victims for Victims). April, 2011.

with KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims) and other womens’ organizations to build grow digital literacy throughout the GBV movement in Haiti. In fall 2010, Dd made a commitment through the Clinton Global Initiative to harness technology tools create a comprehensive response for preventing rape in Haiti. The program focuses on empowering girls and women to fight this epidemic by creating a digital database to document cases, by establishing a call center to respond to cases and network responders via mobile phones, data-mapping and tools for advocacy on the local, national and international level, and comprehensive training to women and girls to amplify their voices and connect them to citizens around the world.

 A woman in Portau-Prince. Photo by FAVILEK.

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With Haitian groups, Dd has focused on digital literacy, organizing and governance programs.
digital literacy

· Photography trainings with youth & women’s groups · Empowerment and healing through visual and online storytelling · Journalism & blogging trainings · Frontline SMS & other software trainings
digital organizing

· · · · · ·

Creation of digital database Call center SMS-organizing & collaboration with platform Connections to medical support Support & equipment for technology center Skype live-streamed calls bridging citizen-to-citizen communication
digital governance

 Women practice taking digital video at a training at the BAI – International Lawyer’s Bureau – in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim Pou Viktim – Commission of Women Victims for Victims) FAVILEK (Fanm Viktim, Leve Kanpe – Women Victims Get up Stand up) KONAMAVID (Kodinasyon Nasyonal Viktim Direk - National Coordination of Direct Victims) MADRE (Supporting Women’s Rights Internationally) N-Map (New Media Advocacy Project) IJDH (Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti) BAI (Bureau des Avocats Internationaux – International Lawyer’s Bureau) Ushahidi Haiti Tufts Unversity (Center for Emerging Marketplaces)

· Presentations by grassroots women leaders to US government, academics, leaders of international development and policy-makers · Influence bi-partisan statement signed by members of US Congress · Citizen-led election reporting · Democracy & civic engagement training · Sharing data with local government

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Connecting the voices of Dd’s grassroots partners to audiences around the globe is key to furthering their empowerment, and supporting a global movement for local democracy. Sharing stories and building international advocacy serves their interests on the ground. Dd bridges these communities by fostering support from groups in countries around the globe. Dd writes writing reports from the field, and that research is used by academics and other activists. Dd presents at conferences and universities across the Americas, Europe, Africa and in Asia. Dd also focuses energy on sharing with its community at home in the United States, through social media and the Dd blog as well as live events.
 Burmese monk U Agga speaking on the role of technology in the Saffron Uprising, in Episode 1 of DdTv.

 Event attendees in New York participate in a conversation with Haitain women in Port-au-Prince via Skype.

 Southport High School Student Sherry Paw practices portraiture with Project Einstein Indiana.

Presentations MobileActive – Johannesburg, South Africa Women’s Refugee Commission – New York, NY United States Institute of Peace – Washington, DC Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) – Washington, DC Tufts University – Medford, MA The Change You Want to See – Brooklyn, NY American University – Washington, DC New York University – New York, NY Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference – Washington, DC PowWow – New York, NY Tides Momentum Conference – San Francisco, CA Goucher College – Baltimore, MD Columbia University – New York, NY Harvard University – Cambridge, MA University of Maryland – College Park, MD Alliance of Youth Movements – London, UK Global Kids Conference – New York, NY U.S. Department of State – Washington, DC Ignite, Foo Camp –Sebastopol, CA Open Video Conference – New York, NY Iraq E-Media Conference – Erbil, Iraq International Conference on Crisis Mapping – Boston, MA New School – New York, NY Tribeca Film Institute – New York, NY

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Dd uses the best tech for each particular context. By working with partners to understand the issues most pressing to them, and by networking with its community at the front edge of tech developments, Dd can match the tools best suited to elevating partners’ impact to the next level. Whenever possible, Dd uses free and open-source tools to meet partners needs. If proprietary tech is most appropriate, though, it is integrated into programs.

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Creative Commons Dd benefits from Creative Commons licences, which were invented to create a more flexible copyright model, replacing "all rights reserved" with "some rights reserved". Our CC licensing lets others remix, tweak, and build upon our work non-commercially, as long as credit is attributed and new creations are licensed under identical terms.

Free and Open Source Dd uses free and open-source technology whenever possible. Open-source tools encourage transparency, accountability and participation, embedding democracy into their code and terms of service. Because users can see and edit the lines of the code, they can see how they work and who writes them. Code seen by many eyes is more secure. Free tools are more accessible and affordable, keeping cost low and usability high for Dd and partners.

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 Project Einstein participants take photographs in Zona Reyna, Guatemala

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TEAM 2008-2010

emily jacobi Co-Director

abby goldberg

Emily manages staff, oversees strategic planning and development and works directly with grassroots partners on program design. Emily spearheads our programming in Haiti and Indianapolis. Her background is media and international development.
mark belinsky Co-Director

Principal, Latin America/Caribbean & Gender Abby was a Dd advisor in 2009. In 2010, she joined th team to develop programs in Latin America & the Caribbean focused on women. She bought strategic development expertise from her work building successful non-profits.
emilie reiser Haiti Trainer

Mark oversees technology and legal for Dd. He implements programs and trains groups worldwide on tech, media & security. His background is computer science and filmmaking.
liz hodes Programs Manager

Emilie joined Dd in 2010 as a trainer working with grassroots women’s organization in Port-Au-Prince, conducting trainings in computer and social media skills, and how to use tools to report on Haiti’s elections in November 2010. Her background is in youth media education and computer programming.
biz ghormley Communications Designer

A founding member of the Dd team, Liz manages the finances, operations and logistics for Dd. She also produces DdTv, drawing from her work in film and television.

Biz joined Dd in 2010 to work on communications strategy, from donor outreach and events, to press and relationship-building with corporations and foundations. Her background is in strategic communication and fundraising.

gabe hopkins Development Coordinator

A founding member of the Dd team, Gabe focused on grant research and writing as well as donor outreach from 2008-2009.

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stanley aung Chairperson – All Burma IT Students’ Union

patricia campbell Executive Vice President – Tufts University

john clark Senior Research Fellow – The Sagamore Institute for Policy Research

patrick meier PhD Candidate – Fletcher School at Tufts University

Director of Crisis Mapping and Partnerships – Ushahidi

htun htun surte Information and Public Relations Coordinator – Burma Information & Technology

ralph taylor Project Coordinator – Mayor’s Office of International and Cultural Affairs, Indianapolis

janet harris Chief Development Officer – California Academy of Sciences

jack healy Founder and Director – Human Rights Action Center

noel hidalgo Director of Engagement Technologies – World Economic Forum

olga tuchman English Language Learning Specialist – Indiana Department of Education

joel hodes Partner, Chair of the Healthcare Practice Group – Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

ambassador john mcdonald Chairman & CEO – Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

sean mcdonald Executive Director – FrontlineSMS: Legal

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2009: $25,586.61
46% 38% 16%

Dd’s fiscal sponsor is the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). _ Dd’s New York office is generously donated by Bill Hopkins Media. _ Helsinki Group for the Dd strategic planning process, Fall 2010. _ Drew Frist designed the Dd logo. Zago designed this Annual Report. _ The rest of Dd’s support comes from the advisory board and generous individuals like you.

Research & Development General Programming

2010: $89,642.83
41% 20% 39%

Research & Development General Programming

The Dd team was completely volunteer for the period covered by this report.


2009: $96,840.00
16% 12% 10% *

Individual Donations Grants/Awards Subcontracts/Honorariums In-Kind Donations 62% Of Total Income, Valued At $60,010

2010: $205,205.00
15% 19% 21% *

Individual Donations Grants/Awards Subcontracts/Honorariums In-Kind Donations 45 % of Total Incole, Valued at $90,802

Thank You.

Annual Report 2009-2010

Digital Democracy


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Annual Report 2009-2010

Digital Democracy

"Technology helps the mind to develop further. It makes new connections possible and gives me the chance to know that is going on in the rest of the world."
– Carline Villard, Haitian Activist from Dd's Partner KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims).

Digital Democracy Team