Technology when done right can help bring the voices of hidden people out into the open. The mobile and internet-technology based interventions have become commonly adopted by various rights organisations. They come with numerous advantages like anonymity , ease of use and ease of deployment and have largely changed the scope and reach of the organisations .
But on the other hand they cater mostly to the general populate with access and knowledge to use these technologies. They are also severely limited in terms of community interventions because most interactions are one to one.
There are a number of challenges around ICT access in conflict or fragile states, including problems with telephone lines, poor internet connection and irregular electricity supplies. The costs of purchasing and maintaining hardware, connecting to the internet, software licensing and phone bills are also high.
It is highly imperative that we as a society also build solutions which tackle these issues and provide equal access to resources. Hence Alternate Technology solutions are important to equal access. In this talk I would be sharing my learnings from experience of using ICTs and building Alternative Technology Solutions for Street Harassment Reporting in India. I will be sharing some design stratergies to build such technologies and also show the impact of these solutions.
This is an effort to encourage conversations around building technology innovation for rights organisations beyond the ICTs.