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Thursday, May 17 • 12:00 - 13:15
Engaging Citizens at Scale in Restrictive Environments

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Welcome to the new world of “global citizen voice”. New technologies are enabling organizations to rapidly and safely access citizen opinions in every country in the world, including otherwise “closed” societies, to help support the development and implementation of social policy and initiatives.

This interactive panel will bring together leaders from various global rights organizations with deep experience in global citizen engagement, specifically in traditionally hard to reach countries, and from various fields of human rights, including: gender equality, migrant workers, and LGBTQ+ rights.

Each will briefly discuss how they are leveraging innovative technology to access “citizen voice”, particularly among previously “unreachable” populations, in order to inform, design, and maximize the impact of their social initiatives and campaigns, while at the same time ensuring respondents’ anonymity and security. Q+A will follow.

avatar for Eric Meerkamper

Eric Meerkamper

Global Head, Citizen Engagement, RIWI Corp
Eric is the Global Head of Citizen Engagement at RIWI, based in Toronto. RIWI (www.riwi.com) is a global trend tracking, prediction, and survey technology firm that gathers citizen opinion data and accelerates engagement initiatives in every country in the world using its patented... Read More →

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Vukasin Petrovic

Senior Director for Program Strategy, Freedom House
I serve as the Senior Director for Program Strategy and as the Technical Director for USAID funded Human Rights Support Mechanism. I am responsible for defining Freedom House’s thematic and regional program priorities, design and oversight of cutting-edge programs that focus on... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00 - 13:15 EDT