Welcome to In the Loop for July 2013!

**INFO-ACTIVISM CAMP 2013: EVIDENCE AND INFLUENCE**
In the hills of northern Italy, 135 people from 45 countries came together for Tactical Tech's 'Info-Activism Camp 2013: Evidence & Influence', from June 23-30. No keynotes, no conference rooms, no powerpoint presentations. And no meat (yes, really, no meat).

Everyone came with something to share, exchange, or teach, and the agenda was allowed to adapt from one day to the next based on the group's passions and interests. Self-organization and facilitation led to exploring new ideas and solutions for using evidence in advocacy, and gave space for debates around information activism. Campers learnt all kinds of new tools and tactics for campaigning, and we're happy to see new partnerships and collaborations evolving into new work and projects.

Here are some highlights - for more check out our round up of the event:
https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/camp-round-up

You can also follow participants on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Info_Activism/in...vism-camp-2013

*TRACKS*

The morning tracks were two-hour long daily sessions on four inter-related approaches to working with information for advocacy: Investigation, Documentation, Curation and Intervention. They laid down the building blocks for working with evidence for influence, giving advice on strategy, sharing participant experiences and developing new approaches together. Each participant chose to attend one track throughout the week.

- Curation: How do we use data to change hearts and minds? The Curation track was about gathering data and creating stories: how to find data, understand it, get to know it inside out, and then produce something imaginative that will get people to sit up and pay attention.

- Investigation: Activists and advocates are often detectives, working against criminal, corporate and governmental abuses of power. The group in this track looked at how to do their own investigations using inspiring case studies based on the track facilitators' own experiences : from exposing Syrian arms trafficking to tracking organised crime across borders in Eastern Europe.

- Documentation: What does documentation mean in an era of drones, constant surveillance, petabytes of video, a billion hashtags, a million leaks and a guy throwing a shoe at the US president? The Documentation track asked hard questions: How do we record it so it won't disappear? How do we collect it so they can't deny it?

- Intervention: This “Beautiful Troublemakers” track explored how to plan and win campaigns, motivate supporters and engage new audiences, using creative tactics to grab the spotlight and creative positive change.
https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/co...rack-summaries

*LABS*

Each afternoon, campers chose a lab to join. Labs lasted three hours and provided time to get hands-on and practical with specific skills and approaches to working with information.

- The Tech and Tools lab focused on hands-on learning and problem-solving, to address specific campers' specific needs: from using open-source web frameworks to build effective, usable and secure websites to seting up emergency internet connections.

- The Data Ninjas lab laid down the foundational concepts and techniques for working with and wrangling data.

- The Visual Presentations lab figured out what makes a visualisation ‘tick' and how to make its message understandable, clear, engaging, unforgettable.

- The Information Ju-Jistsu lab provided a one-stop shop to answer participants' questions on how to store and communicate their data and information securely.

We also invited participants to suggest new labs – these included Insights on how to communicate effectively with policymakers to achieve influence, Making your video matter and Cameras as Evidence.

https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/co...labs-summaries

*SKILL SHARES*

Skill shares are an important aspect of our Camp model. Premised on the belief that everyone has something to share and teach, skill shares squarely challenge the idea of 'experts' and enabled participants to become facilitators. These covered everything from “Crowdsourcing: what is means and how to do it”, "O' Romeo: encryption for lovers and poets" to "Taking on nasty mining and energy companies".

Read more about the skillshares.
https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/content/skill-shares

*SOME PARTICIPANT'S AND FACILITATOR'S HIGHLIGHTS*

Andrea Figari : Global Programs Manager at Transparency International (http://www.transparency.org/).
"The ever-changing, collaborative effort to create something. The continual learning and giving was amazing. [Some] people had more knowledge than others about specific things but everyone was ignorant about something. This was a good equaliser.... I'm now trying to share this model and blur the lines between participants and experts."

https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/co...-andrea-figari

Max Richman, DataKind (http://datakind.org/):

Day four of the Data Ninjas lab, where some participants of the lab were recruited to facilitate. "We were able to work one-on-one.... to dig deeper on individual issues." "Overall," he adds, "it was great to get people thinking conceptually about the whole process of working with data."
https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/co...mp-max-richman

Angela Morelli (http://www.angelamorelli.com/1/) and Tom Halsor, Information designers and teachers:

The highlight of the camp was that they had to "embrace flexibility and understand the different needs day-by-day and build each lab on the day."

Xena Mohammed, Heinrich Boell Stiftung Nigeria: "I learnt how data can come alive if you sort through it and arrange it in a way that it makes sense and tells a story. When evidence is laid bare in the correct sequence, it tells a compelling story that can lead people into action."
https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/co...and-tom-halsor

Jean Brice Tetka, Cameroon-based Social Innovation for Development Lab (SIDlab) Anti Corruption (www.kick-corruption.org):
"The main idea I took away [from camp] was about global investigation and how I can find information here in Cameroon....for example, using global databases showing who owns which companies and tracing them to people or organisations doing illegal work. As activists we need to collect as much data as possible."
https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/co...mp-brice-tetka

Lucy Chambers, Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Spending (http://openspending.org/) and School of Data (http://schoolofdata.org/):
"I have millions of new ideas... I learnt all manner of things, for example we had a really good session about Maltego – an application that analyses networks and spider crawls the internet picking up accounts that are linked to a particular person e.g. a LinkedIn profile, email addresses, etc.... Then all of these amazing tutorial ideas I picked up for School of Data, for example what kinds of data you can get out of the metadata of documents. Other examples are how you can use business registers to follow the money. There was some nice mapping stuff, in particular how to use GPS. Even though I sometimes teach mapping, it was the first time I had held a GPS!”
https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/co...-lucy-chambers

Marcelo Da Silva:Escola de Ativismo, or School of Activism (www.ativismo.org.br), Brazil:

"At the camp I realized that we have many issues that we must develop in our learning process, such as investigation, curation, security, design for activism etc.... One of the important things about this camp was the methodology... It introduced me to another way of doing things. The opportunity to share abilities, skill share moments... We have a pedagogy but we are always learning and we will incorporate the methodologies learned here. Camp also put me in contact with people who can help us."
https://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/co...rcelo-da-silva

***THE BACK ROOM AT TACTICAL TECH***

EXPOSING THE INVISIBLE: USEFUL RESOURCES

By now, many of you will already have watched the first episode -- 'Our Currency is Information' -- in Tactical Tech's new documentary film series 'Exposing the Invisible'. Onexposingtheinvisible.org, there is also an in-depth interview to read, as well as an extensive Resources section to explore featuring tools and tips for journalists and activists. Whether you are collecting data, want to learn how to safely store it, are looking for tips on creating visualisations, or need to protect your privacy during your investigations, there is a lot in here to help you. https://exposingtheinvisible.org/.

And please let us know if there's anything you think we're missing!
https://exposingtheinvisible.org/talk-to-us/

Read more about the project in The New Internationalist.
http://newint.org/blog/2013/08/02/mo...ze-scrutinize/

***ACTIVISM***

ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS: CITIZEN MONITORING AND MAPPING
At the end of July, Zimbabweans went to the polls. This time round, websites were set up to allow citizens to post reports on electoral violence, intimidation, irregularities etc. This information was then analysed and and mapped.
http://www.zimelections2013.com/
http://zimbabweelections.crowdmap.com/
http://www.votewatch263.org/

PRISM: WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE NSA KNOW?

"Immersion" is an online tool by MIT that enables you to see what NSA knows about you from your Gmail account.
https://immersion.media.mit.edu/

ENCRYPTION HOW TO'S

The Freedom of the Press Foundation has put together a new document called "Encryption works: How to protect your privacy in the age of NSA surveillance". [pdf]
https://pressfreedomfoundation.org/s...tion_works.pdf

PLAYING THE SURVEILLANCE GAME....LITERALLY

"Watchdogs" is a new game about public data, the city & control. From the website: "Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society."
http://watchdogs.ubi.com/watchdogs/e...ome/index.aspx

***PROVOCATION***

BAHRAIN: HOW THE GOVERNMENT SILENCES DISSENT

Bahrain Watch (an independent research and advocacy organisation in Bahrain) has published a report titled "The IP Spy Files: How Bahrain's Government Silences Anonymous Online Dissent". Along with the report, there is an interactive timeline of online activists being arrested and harassed for their tweets; and safety tips.
https://bahrainwatch.org/ipspy/viewreport.php

EUROPE: NOW EVEN THE BILLBOARDS ARE WATCHING US

"In a move that will thrill advertisers but make at least some members of the public queasy, a European outdoor advertising firm is rolling out ads using face detection this week. The technology, called OptimEyes, will let advertisers know how many people are seeing their ads — and what kinds of people are viewing them. OptimEyes promises to identify the gender and rough age of viewers using face detection."
http://mashable.com/2013/07/09/face-detection-ads/

BATTLE GROUND: COUNTRIES VS COMPANIES

"The wild profits and net worths that the internet has enabled has created a massive power shift," writes Dick Pountain on opendemocracy.net, "leaving the corporations to overbear the countries they inhabit." He takes a deeper look at the consequences for us as citizens.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourking...-and-companies

BRADLEY MANNING VERDICT: WHAT THIS MEANS

On July 30, former US army private Bradley Manning's verdict was handed down. Cleared of 'aiding the enemy' charges but convicted of multiple Espionage Act violations, he faces a possible sentence of up to136 years. The verdict has been widely condemned, by organisations such as the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Reporters Without Borders.
http://ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press...irst-amendment
http://en.rsf.org/united-states-mann...013,44995.html

INFORMATION CONSUMERISM

In a recent article titled 'Information Consumerism: The Price of Hypocrisy', Evgeny Morozov warns, "Even the best laws will not lead to a safer internet. We need a sharper picture of the information apocalypse that awaits us in a world where personal data is traded to avert the catastrophe."
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleto...-12292374.html

THE DRONE THAT KILLED MY GRANDSON

Giving a face to innocent victims of drone killings in Yemen, Nassar al-Awlaki writes about the US missile that killed his (American-born) grandson.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/18/op...-grandson.html

***ILLUMINATION***
TRACKING CORPORATE NETWORKS:

A new visualisation tool from OpenCorporates reveals dense networks of 6 US banks & their subsidiaries; plus the launch of some new datasets and tools around corporate networks
http://opencorporates.com/viz/financial/index.html
http://blog.opencorporates.com/2013/...od-but-better/

VISUALISED: THE YOUTH OF THE ARAB SPRING
The interactive "The youth of the Arab Spring" looks at the views of young Egyptians, Libyans, Tunisians and Yemenis on identity and the future, based on data from a study by Al Jazeera.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/int...935843820.html

WORLD'S BIGGEST DATA BREACHES: 8 YEARS
An infographic showing the biggest data breaches, leaks and hacks in the world over 8 years, sorted by year, method of leak, number of records stolen and sensitivity of data.
http://www.informationisbeautiful.ne...reaches-hacks/

GLOBAL MAP OF PROTESTS: 2013 SO FAR
An interactive world protest map from the Guardian.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datab...-protests-2013

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