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Genocide. Mass rape. Ethnic cleansing. These and other mass atrocities threaten our security and offend our conscience. Yet, we are now empowered by new technologies that can help prevent these crimes, and we believe it is our shared responsibility to act. The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, a partnership of USAID and Humanity United, awarded prizes in 2013 to 24 problem-solvers who developed innovative concepts and prototypes to help us better predict, prevent, and respond to the risk of mass atrocities. Now, many have taken their ideas to the next level. Follow their progress below, or explore the challenge categories and winners.

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  • Figure 1: Satellite imagery of destroyed tukuls in the Abyei Region, disputed border area of Sudan and South Sudan. Image (c) 2014 DigitalGlobe, Inc. Tents and Tukuls: Lessons from the Development of AMALGAM
    Posted on December 10, 2014
    by AMALGAM
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    The path of innovation is rarely, if ever, a straight line. Where you end up often bears little to no resemblance to where you initially thought your initial idea would take you. This is one of the many lessons we at the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology (Signal Program) at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) learned as a result of our participation in the Mass Atrocity Prevention Tech

  • Photo: Samantha Power speaking at the United Nations Office at Geneva in 2010. Ambassador Power Mentions Tech Challenge Winner, MediCapt, in Speech at Yale University
    Posted on December 5, 2014
    by The Tech Challenge
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    United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, recently delivered the Chubb Fellowship Lecture at Yale University’s Timothy Dwight College. In her remarks, she mentions MediCapt, a project of Physicians for Human Rights and winner of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention’s Capture challenge.   “We can improve accountability for violence against women and girls, through strengthening documentation of abuses and the capacity of justice officials to prosecute perpetrators. Physicians for

  • pi_blog_thumbnail People’s Intelligence: Early Achievements and Next Steps
    Posted on November 18, 2014
    by Christophe Billen, Founder, People's Intelligence
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    The news is out, USAID awarded a seed grant to PI among other winners of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention co-sponsored by Humanity United.   A lot happened since we applied for this USAID seed grant earlier this year, including being awarded a first small grant by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund which allowed us to make some headway in presenting PI to a series of prospective human rights and