Registration now open: Introduction to Technology for Human Rights course (January 13 session)

Iranian pro-democracy demonstrators in 2009 used social media to organize and document their protests. Here, an opposition supporter films a protest on her mobile phone. (Source)

Technology is changing the nature of human rights

We’re excited to offer the next session of our newly improved course Introduction to Technology for Human Rights, which runs for five weeks from January 13 to February 16. Participants will learn about the relationship between technological tools and human rights through a combination of theory, principles, and real-world case studies from Kenya, Iran, and the Arab Spring while also looking ahead to new technologies. This will leave them equipped with the knowledge needed to incorporate technology into their own campaigns.

Activists are constantly adapting to use technology in new ways as it continually impacts the struggle to defend human rights worldwide. As mobile phone usage and internet access continue to rapidly increase, even in less developed countries, technology has become an essential part of the landscape, influencing both the economy and civil society.

Who should take this course?

The ability to use new tools to their full potential while also recognizing their limitations and inherent risks has become essential for human rights defenders and humanitarians everywhere. From crisis mapping to social media to satellite imagery, people working in fields like human rights, international development, and journalism need to understand the opportunities and adversities they face when using technology to promote change.


  • Week 1 – Introduction, History, and Principles
  • Week 2 – The Mobile Revolution and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Week 3 – Mobilization, Citizen Journalism, and the Iran Election 2009
  • Week 4 – Social Media, Mobile Apps, and the Arab Spring
  • Week 5 – On the Horizon: The Future of Technology for Human Rights

For more details and to register, visit:

Course content is delivered through a combination of audio lectures, slides, videos, readings, small projects, and live video discussions held through Google+ Hangout. Everything has been structured to accommodate participants with varying work schedules and across different time zones.


  1. Abubakar ismail

    its indeed a good project to educate people on matters that cause conflict among communities.I am from tana,but Tana Delta is currently in peace and harmony.There are alot parts in Kenya where conflict exist day in day out.This i mean if there is community that needs help and imediat assistant right now is the Baragoi people(Turkana).Area where misunderstanding and cattle rusling is the order of the day.Am asking why have u not started in those area,who need imediat eduction that will help them to end tribal differences??

    • Sentinel Project

      Thanks for your interest in our work and your comment. You’re absolutely right that many parts of Kenya are now at risk of violence and face similar problems to those seen in the Tana Delta recently. We are beginning in the Tana Delta in order to perfect the type of work the Sentinel Project is trying to do. Although we may look big, the Sentinel Project is a small organization with limited resources. However, if we are successful with our work in the Tana Delta, we plan to use this work for acquiring more resources and then expanding to other parts of Kenya where our help is needed. Turkana is one area we’re watching and is certainly close to the top of our list.
      Christopher Tuckwood
      Executive Director


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