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Introducing our Amnesty International Challenge

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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?
 
Imagine you were arrested and detained indefinitely without being told the accusations against you. What if you were taken and held in a secret location, and denied contact with your family or a lawyer? Addressing the factors that allow such human rights violations to happen can be complex. But there are ways that we, as the OpenIDEO community, can help.
 
We’re kicking off the Inspiration phase and hope you’ll join in to help our community explore and learn about the issues surrounding this challenge. With such an important topic, our goal is to keep the conversation optimistic, solution-focused and inclusive. We’re certain that, together, we can design solutions to support communities affected by unlawful detention.
 
Have friends, classmates or colleagues who’d like to get involved in this challenge? Invite them to join too – because creative collaboration loves company!
 
Cheers,
The OpenIDEO Team
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