The 2017 Nonprofit Software Development Summit took place November 15 - 17 in Oakland, California! Our largest, most global group of nonprofit staff, developers, capacity builders, activists and others shared knowledge and collectively envisioned, learned, and worked on free and open technology to support social change efforts.
Our experience in the human rights technology sector is that most efforts tend to focus on short-term horizons or be reactive in nature. With support from Ford Foundation, we explored the concept of a long-term "Research and Development Lab" for Human Rights Tech, and published our findings.
The third Reproducible Builds Summit took place in Berlin in early November 2017, focused on software development practices that create a verifiable path from source code to binary code. Diagram by Lunar/Debian
At CampaignCon 2017 in Johannesburg South Africa, activists, technologists, and NGOs worked collectively toward a more nimble, responsive civil society better able to mobilize in the face of growing authoritarianism and shrinking civic space. Participants shared ideas, honed skills and co-created strategies while exploring modern campaigning theory and practice.
On 10 and 11 July in New York City, we held a participant-driven gathering where nonprofit staff, social justice organizers, techies, activists, journalists, and students shared knowledge, built skills and capacity, and fostered relationships around using technology in support of social change efforts.
Consumer Reports announced the release of The Digital Standard, a privacy and security framework designed to safeguard consumers. Aspiration worked with Consumer Reports, Disconnect, Ranking Digital Rights, and The Cyber Independent Testing Lab on new, open guidelines for evaluating products, apps, and services. Provide your feedback on GitHub.
That's a wrap! Check out what happened at the spring 2016 California Nonprofit Technology Festival in Watsonville.