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The IDEO London Make-a-thon brought together makers, hackers, designers and OpenIDEO collaborators to explore and prototype a range of projects focused on social good – including a selection from our Amnesty Challenge.

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In December we wrapped up our Amnesty Challenge, tackling the question of how technology can support human rights in the face of unlawful detention. You wowed us with your bright ideas for human rights, and since the challenge's conclusion we've been hard at work figuring out the best way to carry forward some of the winning concepts into Realisation.

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Welcome to the Refinement phase of the Amnesty challenge. Together we're tackling the issue of unlawful detention, looking at how technology solutions can support the supporters of those detained.

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Our Amnesty Challenge question is all about using technology to support human rights in the face of unlawful detention. But what do we mean by technology? The incredibly diverse collection of inspirations from our first phase have shown us that technology can take many forms, from social media and RFID to low-tech morse code and even pigeons!

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This week we had the chance to sit down with Owen Pringle, Director of Digital Communications at Amnesty International, to get his thoughts on OpenIDEO, our Amnesty Challenge and supporting human rights through technology.

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OpenIDEO has partnered with Amnesty International to challenge all of us to come up with ways to use technology to support those held in or at risk of secret detention, incommunicado detention or detention without trial - human rights abuses often imposed in the name of countering terrorism or national security. How might we collectively design digital tools that decrease the risk of imprisonments and increase the number of releases of those unlawfully detained?

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