TTC Blog

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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  • Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 9.47.07 AM People’s Intelligence Update
    Posted on December 2, 2015
    by Christophe Billen, Founder, People's Intelligence
    People’s Intelligence (PI), one of the winners of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, is an expert system that automates the crowdsourcing, evaluation and verification of information in hard-to-access areas, provides actionable feedback to the source of the information and sends early warnings to partner organizations. PI addresses many of the shortcomings of current documentation initiatives using crowdsourcing: lack of relevant and quality information, no or limited assessment of the reliability

  • Seed Grant Recipient Updates
    Posted on December 2, 2015
    by The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention
    In 2012, Humanity United and USAID launched the joint Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, to identify new technologies and approaches to help us better predict, prevent and respond to the rise of mass atrocities. The Tech Challenge consisted of five sub-challenges, focusing on: i) identifying third-party enablers of atrocities, ii) capturing evidence of atrocities, iii) forecasting the potential for atrocities, iv) communicating with conflict-affected communities, and v) gathering information from

  • Untitled-2 The International Evidence Locker App Update
    Posted on January 21, 2015
    by Bonnie P. Freudinger, International Evidence Locker
    Atrocity evidence from conflict and post-conflict countries is often unavailable, of poor quality, unverifiable, or simply nonexistent. The International Evidence Locker (IEL) app is a free, downloadable phone application that enables a user to take a picture of an atrocity in progress, encrypt it, and send it instantaneously to a secure drop-box at a human rights organization for evidence storage.   Many exciting things have been happening in the Biotechnology