Technology can help people pursue justice. It can also be a source of injustice.
On May 7th 2019, we held an ultra-practical webinar about how our movement can harness the power of tech and dodge the pitfalls. In case you missed it, you can listen to a recording of the webinar online.
You can view the slides by downloading this attachment Technology Webinar slides (2.8 MB)
The Engine Room and Open Society Justice Initiative studied 136 projects that use technology for legal empowerment. At the webinar, @paola Paola Verheart, Laura Guzmán and @mburnett Matthew Burnett shared what they had learned.
You can read their latest report on how legal empowerment actors worldwide are using technology to give people information about the law, connect them with legal advice, and provide them with legal services:
Special guest @Nelson_Olanipekun of Gavel reflected on the work of Justice Clock, which tracks how long individuals in Nigeria have spent in pre-trial detention. Olanipekun will share how that technology has improved the pace of justice delivery in the country.
We heard about the eight most common ways technology is used to deliver legal information and services – from websites to SMS to chat bots – and how to choose the right format for a specific need.
We also learned design principles that can help ensure technology ends up being useful rather than distracting – from presenting legal and technical information in clear, accessible language to the importance of in-depth user research.
Below are copied some of the remaining questions from participants that were not answered during the webinar. Let’s continue the discussion online!