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Repression is the Mother of Invention: Civil Society Groups Embrace Technological Innovation

Activists and innovators are joining forces to improve watchdog capabilities in Eurasia.
 
Over 100 innovators, activists and journalists are expected to convene in Prague on May 18 for Unlock 2017, a two-day event to promote civic innovation across Eurasia. Participants will assess the possibilities offered by new technologies to conduct investigative work into official policies and practices. The gathering is being organized by the Prague Civil Society Centre.
 
Authoritarian-minded governments in many states in Eurasia have taken steps in recent years to smother civil rights. The broad crackdown has succeeded in silencing many civil society activists. Those who remain active are finding it necessary to develop new investigatory methods, as well as new means of disseminating information.
 

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Filip Noubel is a freelance writer and an innovation advisor for the Prague Civil Society Center.

Repression is the Mother of Invention: Civil Society Groups Embrace Technological Innovation

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