By Tactical Tech 06 October 2008
THE INFO-ACTIVISM CAMP: This is the first-ever international camp on
Info-Activism and is a week-long affair. The event will bring together
120 rights advocates, technologists, designers and activists working in
the global South to share skills and ideas on digital advocacy.
DATES: This is a seven day long workshop, to be held in Bangalore, India
from the 19th to the 25th of February 2009. If you would like to
participate, you will need to attend the entire event, which means
arriving in Bangalore on or before the 18th and leaving on or after the
26th of February 2009.
FEES AND SUBSIDIES: Participants will arrange for and fund their own
travel to Bangalore. Once there, transport to the venue from the airport
in Bangalore will be provided. We ask for a participation fee of 100
Euros to cover meals and accommodation during the meeting. In case you
are unable to cover your travel or participation costs, please indicate
in the application form below.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This is an event for experienced professionals
actively working with marginalised communities and the on-profit sector
in the global South, with experience in advocacy and campaigning, and
regional or international networks. Camp participants will be advocates,
technologists, designers and strategists who have used OR PLAN TO USE
technology tools and tactics in their campaigns. They need not be
experts but need to have a proven aptitude for the use of technology
tools and basic computing skills along with a track-record of active
involvement in rights advocacy initiatives.
We are interested in a range of skills and expertise, be it in
campaigning, design or technology. We are particularly interested in
applications from advocates who deal with issues such as Sex Workers
Rights, HIV and AIDS, LGBT rights and environmental justice.
Participants whose work centres on the gathering, dissemination and
design of information would benefit immensely.
1. To be eligible to attend, you will need to send a completed
application form by the 1^st of November 2008 by noon GMT.
2. All participants at the Info-Activism Camp are required to be
proficient desktop users of computers.
3. All participants must be available from 18th till the 26th of
Applications from women are highly encouraged.
APPLICATION QUESTIONS: Please answer the following questions. You need
not write long responses, but please provide us with enough information
to understand your skills and interests, and to have a sense of why you
want to attend the Info-Activism Camp and what you can contribute to the
event. 1. PERSONAL INFORMATION a. First Name : Middle Name : Last Name : Nick Name (if any): Would you like to keep your real name private? b. Gender: Male/ Female/ Transsexual/Transgender c. Date of Birth: d. Nationality: e. Country where you live and work now: f. Address for Correspondence (to send pre-event materials) : g. Affiliation/organisation g.1 Current affiliation/ organisation: g.1.1 Legal status (i.e., non profit, for profit, academic
etc.) : g.1.2 Category (i.e. advocacy & campaigns, human rights,
technical etc.) g.1.3 Mission of the affiliation/ organisation: g.1.4 Your position : g.2. Previous affiliation/ organisation: g.2.1 Legal status (i.e. non profit, for profit, academic etc.)
: g.2.2 Category (i.e. advocacy & campaigns, human rights,
technical etc.) g.2.3 Mission of the affiliation/ organisation: g.2.4 Your position : h. E-mail address: i. Telephone and emergency contact number(s): j. Anything else we should know about you (allergies, diet, medical
condition, special needs): k. Will you need to receive a participation fee subsidy in order to
attend the camp? If so, please explain why. l. Will you need to receive a travel subsidy in order to attend the
camp? If so, please explain why and estimate how much (in Euros) your
round-trip travel to Bangalore will cost. m. Do you require a visa to travel to India? If yes, please provide us
an estimate of how much your visa to India will cost and whether you
will be able to cover this cost.
THE RECOMMENDED WORD LIMIT FOR EACH QUESTION IS 300 WORDS.
2. Why are you interested in attending the Info-Activism Camp? What do
you hope to learn (minimum three goals) and how do you intend to use
3. Each participant will need to bring a project to the camp – this will
help you pick up the appropriate tools and tactics that are relevant to
the context you are working in. This can be a project you are currently
working on/would like to work on/one where your skills are relevant.
Please provide us with a short project description.
4. Camp participants are encouraged to teach as well as to learn. What
areas of interest or expertise would you like to share with everyone
5. What does info-activism mean to you? Please express yourself
creatively in whatever medium you choose – it doesn’t have to be text;
for example, you could use pictures, comics, video or anything that
fires your imagination. [You don’t have to attempt this question but we
will really appreciate the response.] (Please ensure that multimedia
files are no longer than 60 seconds and suitable to host on the web)
THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ARE DIVIDED INTO 4 CATEGORIES. PLEASE CHOOSE
ATLEAST ONE CATEGORY THAT IS APPROPRIATE TO YOUR EXPERIENCE.
IF YOU ARE A RIGHTS ADVOCATE, CAMPAIGNER, ACTIVIST, FROM AN NGO OR
NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION OR REPRESENTING A MARGINALISED COMMUNITY, PLEASE
PROVIDE ANSWERS TO QUESTION NUMBERS 6 AND 7.
6. What is your experience of working with or participating in advocacy
and campaigns? What kinds of projects and initiatives have you worked on
or been part of?
7. Have you ever used or have ideas on using technology or digital media
as a tactic in your campaign? If so, please briefly explain.
IF YOU ARE A TECHNOLOGIST, A TECH-SUPPORT PERSON IN AN NGO, AN ACTIVE
USER OF TECHNOLOGY OR DIGITAL TACTICS IN ADVOCACY, PLEASE PROVIDE
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS 8 AND 9.
8. What role do you think technology/digital tactics can play in
advocacy? Do you have any experience of using technology/digital tactics
in an advocacy context or any technology experience that can be applied
in an advocacy context?
9. What do you think the key challenges are in deploying
technology/digital tactics in advocacy work?
IF YOU ARE A DESIGNER (THIS INCLUDES COMICS, CARTOONS, GRAPHICS,
INFORMATION DESIGN ETC.), PLEASE PROVIDE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS 10 AND 11.
10. What role do you think design (includes information design,
cartoons, comics, graphics etc) can play in advocacy? Do you have any
experience of using design as a tactic or tool in an advocacy context or
any design experience that can be applied in an advocacy context?
11. What according to you are some of the key challenges in deploying
design as a tactic or tool in advocacy work?
IF YOU DO NOT IDENTIFY WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE, PLEASE PROVIDE ANSWERS TO
QUESTIONS 12 AND 13.
12. How would you describe yourself?
13. How do you think your experience is relevant to advocacy?
IF YOU BELONG TO MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ANSWER ALL
APPLICATIONS THAT WILL OMIT ANY OF THE COMPULSORY QUESTIONS WILL NOT BE
Please send the application in plain text format (not as an attachment
but as a reply to this email) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The
deadline for sending applications is the 1st of November 2008 at noon
GMT (London time – http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=136)
We will confirm the receipt of your application. Between the 5th and
10th of December 2008, we will personally inform each applicant by email
if we are able to invite her/him.