We will harness technologies to empower the most marginalised, ensuring fair access to technology and supporting robust and inclusive democracies
Take part in our Tech4Democracy Survey!
The DADI Foundation is conducting research into how technology affects democracy, to minimise its harm and maximise opportunities for it to enhance the democratic process.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject and about any related work you may be doing. The results will be collated into a report, which will add to the debate around the future of the field as well as a map (if you choose to participate) which will showcase and network global Tech4Democracy projects as well.
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Challenge Award 2018 winner
We are delighted to announce HURIDOCS as the winner of our first Challenge Award, supporting groundbreaking new tech for human rights defenders. The grant will enable them to develop Uwazi Reveal, protecting and empowering human rights defenders to hold governments to account.
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Call for Case Studies
The DADI Foundation are currently looking for stories from tech projects which improve or increase inclusion in democracy. If you've know of, or are involved in projects in this field we’d love to hear from you!
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Apply to be a Trustee
As a recently established charity we are looking to appoint a new Trustee to join our Board to ensure that we fulfil our duty to our beneficiaries and deliver on our vision, mission and values.
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Technology poses a huge threat to basic rights: it has eviscerated privacy, amplified prejudice and undermined democracy. There is growing evidence of the need to reframe technology’s role in a world with an increasingly unequal distribution of wealth and power.
The Founders believe that technology can and should act as a catalyst for greater equality, helping to address the root causes of injustice.
We aim to ensure that technology is:
- Embedded as a key tool for advancing human rights across the globe
- Accessible wherever it is needed to promote people’s basic rights
- Developed with the protection of human rights as a core principle
We will work with the tech industry and human rights sector to tackle the root causes of injustice, equipping future technologists and activists with the skills to build and participate in robust and inclusive democracies.
We will find opportunities to prioritise capacity building, as well as facilitating the exchange of knowledge and skills between the Global South and North.
We will support the next generation of coders to develop the skills and experience to fight inequality in their own communities and around the world. Following the lead of the Nominet Trust, we will bake social needs into the development of technology and the development of technologists. We will also train human rights organisations in the language and skills needed to make the most of technological developments.
We will provide funding and highly targeted expert support to charities/not for profits to address the root causes of injustice/human rights violations. Work supported will include: Incubating new products, Fostering collaboration with the tech sector and Ensuring people can access technology
We will undertake research to find out what works and what doesn't, publishing the results. Furthermore we will ensure that the projects that we support do the same.
Partnership & collaboration
The Tech for Good community is young but growing incredibly quickly with a two-fold increase in the past two years. We will capitalise on this by working in partnership and continuing to deepen connections between human rights organisations and the tech world.
Equality & Diversity
People’s understanding of our world is shaped by the technological environment in which they exist. The platform and algorithm are not neutral: they are created by humans and therefore created with prejudice. The architects of our digital lives are predominately young, white men. Diversifying the industry will help address this bias.
Our activities will always be consistent with achieving the Foundation mission and cannot promote the commercial interests of our founder, DADI. Any benefit that may accrue to the DADI group from our activities will be incidental and outweighed by the contribution to our charitable objectives. We operate an assurance system to identify, measure and validate this, which means we – not DADI – decide what we want to do, where we operate and who our partners will be.
Jennifer Martin-Nye is Chief Executive of the DADI Foundation. She has previous experience as a Human Rights Programmes Advisor, Campaign Manager and Lecturer. She is a passionate advocate for equality having undertaken both national and international roles in pursuit of social justice. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Firebrace joined the DADI Foundation as Project Development Officer in September 2018. She believes deeply in the participation of diverse groups in democracy so that their perspectives are heard and acted on. She has previously worked in research for the community sector, in documentary film production and holds a Masters degree in Global Environment, Politics and Society from the University of Edinburgh, taking an interest in deliberative process and democratic innovations. email@example.com
How we started
DADI established the Foundation as a natural extension of its work to democratise the Internet.
DADI is a decentralised cloud services platform - a network collectively owned by the people rather than individual autonomous organisations. Taking this a step further, the Foundation enables technology to directly further the cause of democracy.
DADI provided an initial donation of 350 ETH, and will continue to support the work of the Foundation contributing a percentage of all transactions in the network.
To support our work directly:
- DADI: 0xCBf5F2E5e85c4A52300aE71b2749D831a493D6a2
- BTC: 1Fy15uASdwowG9aEcE2xTEzU8Fuz42RoU6
- ETH: 0x7a68f427EF0e42B57FAa3202D644C7Ab528990C3
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate in Fiat currency
If you would like to use your skills to help engage future coders or support the work of amazing human rights defenders, get in touch.