Members of The Bachchao Project spoke at two sessions at RightsCon held in Tunis, Tunisia from June 11 to 14, 2019.
- Rohini Lakshané spoke in the session “Studying the impact of shutdowns from the lens of gender, conflict and ethnicity” on June 13. The workshop was organised by The Bachchao Project to elucidate on the research methodology adopted for the study entitled “Of Sieges and Shutdowns“, which draws upon 16 qualitative interviews and as many first-person accounts to unravel and document how unreliable mobile networks and intentional Internet shutdowns affect the lives of women in Manipur, India. Other speakers were: Jan Rydzak (Associate Director for Program, Standford Global Digital Policy Incubator) who presented the research methodology he employed in the quantitative study “Of Blackouts and bandhs: The strategy and structure of disconnected protest in India“.
- Rohini Lakshané was a speaker at a session organised by Least Authority and moderated by Betsy Bramon of the Kronia Collective. The session entitled “Is Open-Source Your Unicorn? Dialogue on the sustainability, data security, and ethics of human rights apps” was in the fishbowl format and found rich engagement with the participants. Other speakers in the session were Georgia Bullen (Simply Secure), Lauri Hmel and Liz Steininger (both from Least Authority).