The secondary function of the platform is to provide opportunities for action. If an individual is moved to help the cause of the unlawfully detained in general or the case of a specific victim in particular, they can do so in a variety of formats. There are three broadly defined ways of interacting with the platform.
Sharing is primarily the role of the victim or the victim’s storyteller. The individual who uploads content on behalf of the victim has the opportunity to talk about the potential reasons behind the unlawful detention, the challenges for the victim and his/her family and friends, and the current needs of support that exist for the victim. The nature of the information shared is entirely up to the storyteller, however, the platform will seek to find out certain details, such as location of the incident, general motivation behind the detention, and support requests to help with cataloging the story on the map and ease of searching for visitors who are interested in related cases.
One way of upholding Human Rights on the face of unlawful detention is through education and understanding. The subject of Human Rights is being taught in a number of educational institutions and this platform could serve as a case study complement to theoretical writings. It would launch a dialogue on the definition of unlawful detention and serve as a learning guide. Users can freely explore and learn.
This tab filters victims who are seeking help or their family and friends. Visitors to the website, after learning of specific cases, may choose to support victims in a number of different ways. They may clink on “donate” buttons, “Take Action” petition buttons, or even offer specialized services (such as legal assistance) through a feedback form that generates when clicking on an “additional support” button. Visitors to the website can filter the cases according to their current geographic location, or their area of expertise helping them narrow down the number of cases displayed on the map that they would like to review. If a practitioner wants closer contact with a particular victim, he/she can set up an approved log-in account, through which they can directly communicate with victims or send a communicate with Amnesty International representatives saying “I’d like to help.”
Google Map Functionality
· Map view and list view: aids the user in identifying particular cases they would like to research
· Translation function: shared victim information is recorded in Google supported languages, but then translated to English (as a starting point) for map display.
· Customized placemarks: according to profile statuses, markers could be colored to indicate current and closed cases.
· Aggregated display of case number: check out www.redfin.com for an example. To cut the clutter and provide useful data at a global, regional and country level, individual cases would not be highlighted. Instead the number of cases in the world, region, or country would be displayed. When zoomed at an appropriate level, the individual place markers would appear.
· Uploaded data could include the victim’s name, photo, story and timeline of detention, details of support needed, etc. All information is optional, but some text must be validated before the story can appear on the map.
· The content can be uploaded via one of several methods, depending on what technology the individual telling the story has access to. Website feedback forms, e-mail, SMS/MMS (texting), and voice are all acceptable forms of content transition.
· Using parsing technology, Google would attempt to ascertain ‘tags’ on the victim’s story such as location and nature of the crime to help with map organization.
· All content would be routed through Amnesty International before being placed on the map. Even though anyone can contribute to the platform, some sort of security must be maintained to uphold the reputation of Amnesty International in this process. Amnesty may want to fact check some elements of a story before placing it online.
· Google Map