On July 13-14 the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) held their annual conference at NYU School of Law. The two-day event, titled “Human Rights in the Digital Age: Mobilizing Freedom, Repressing Dissent,” was hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. The conference gives grantmakers the opportunity to hear and engage with leading human rights practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and peers on timely human rights issues.

Photo of Michael PosnerOn July 13, Michael Posner, the United States assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, was the keynote speaker during a dinner-dialogue. The conference also included the screening of a short film, “Getting Past the ‘Barbed Wireless’," an eight-minute animation that explores how new technologies are affecting human rights activists. Two plenary sessions introduced and discussed new technologies available to human rights activists, and allowed for hands-on presentations of innovation technologies in the field. Participants also attended workshops and panel discussions.

Posted July 23, 2010