Online Safety

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When we deploy technical tools, we are inviting people into a new attack vector, without making those vulnerabilities clear, is detrimental.

We often state what people "need," rather than *listening* to what they actually need. Hospitals for Ebola, technical tool for non technical problems.

Three different people finders. Red Cross, Google, Facebook. "If you have the ability to log into facebook, you probably have the ability to notify people in other ways."

Being prepared in a digital space. Being prepared is very location specific.

People like even the illusion of opting in.

We agree that individual tracking isn't a tenable option to aid. Tracking is very centralized, assumes that someone can see, track, and implement at the local level. This is a uniquely American view. If we want to be sure the most vulnerable are getting resources, and we want to prevent people from gaming the system in certain ways, how can we do that without tracking?

Can we shift to municipality or community? Sort of assumes those are functioning as well.

Where is accountability at? At a community level, they're at least visible.

How do we build systems with make use of intermediaries? What do we do when the intermediaries are broken? Local indicators of resilience. How can the communities talk to themselves? Not just about the indicators, about the context around them (story of the flowers on the highway median). Have to be matched by stories. How do we factor those stories into our decision making processes?

The act of educating builds trust, after which folk are more willing to share their data.

Social metrics of resilience -- after Sandy, it was American flags. We count how many shelters there are (we can describe the infrastructure), but we don't know how good people feel.

How does safety change for dangerous situations? Case of Dadaab, where it escalates to bring in extra guns (while it might help your individual safety), but de-escalating (no guns or compounds) is safer in the long run for the society.

External accountability is sort of broken right now. Law enforcement is both ignorant of online security issues while also being undermined by the thing they're ignorant of (no more shootings than before, simply documented and shared now). Local ISPs are the only sort of local (while still external) enforcement. What parts do we decentralize? Giving individuals power, like a cell phone... is it up to the individuals/communities to determine when they need help? Story of finding people being trafficked via big data, not catching people who are happy in sex work. Is there a blanket statement for such a thing?

Capacity building in technology, not just in infrastructure. Digital resiliency to attack, to loss, etc.

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