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Can Blockchain Help to Prevent Human Trafficking?: The Unconference

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 10:00 AM

The Blockchain and Human Trafficking Unconference will bring together technologists, academics, non-profit experts and other professionals to tackle the critical question, “Can Blockchain Help Prevent Human Trafficking?” This unconference format will encourage participation and brainstorming by all attendees, and include a centralized schedule and agenda maintained by the organizers. The primary goal of this unconference is to explore ways in which blockchain technology might be used to help prevent human trafficking. NGO's and government agencies often find themselves a step behind human traffickers who run their very lucrative criminal “businesses” in part due to their lack of agility in using technology to thwart them. For far too long, human traffickers have used technology in more nimble ways than those of us on the anti-trafficking side, including law enforcement, government agencies and NGOs. Our organization strongly believes that we can and should use every technology available - including Blockchain - to thwart human traffickers and actually disrupt their criminal activity. This event will bring together experts in the field familiar with the realities of trafficking on the ground, with technologists and others to contribute and combine their knowledge to make a serious attempt at finding ways that blockchain might be used in the global efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking. Check back soon to see the full list of experts who will be facilitating this event!  Space is extremely limited. Each ticket will include a sit down, catered lunch. You won't want to miss this special event so buy your ticket today! Industry & Government - $250 (35 tickets available) Academia - $100 (20 tickets available) Students - $25 (15 tickets available) Why an "Unconference"? An unconference is a conference organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Instead of passive listening, all attendees and organizers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees. We will examine a number of potential uses of blockchain for prevention, including: Using blockchain to bring financial services to “unbanked” adults to alleviate the credit squeeze that makes them vulnerable to traffickers and loan sharks, resulting in all kinds of preventable exploitation Leveraging blockchain for stronger supply chain audit, to facilitate policing of supply chain against trafficking Chris is a social entrepreneur, futurist, and tech enthusiast, passionate about social justice with 20 years of experience in human rights education and advocacy using technology - including 360 video and VR. She is an avid believer in using tech for good to document, promote and raise support for mostly Thai partner projects. Chris founded Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) in 1999 to address this heinous phenomenon. In the process, she and her team have helped hundreds of individuals, organizations and government agencies, to tackle the root causes of human trafficking through direct support, technical assistance utilizing all kinds of media for work mostly in Thailand and the US. Her professional trajectory was driven by her upbringing in South and Southeast Asia where she was born in Bombay, India, and raised in a cult in the region where she encountered exploited children daily. Her expertise has contributed to policy and legislative change, including passage of the original Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. She pioneered using VR to tell stories of child survivors of human trafficking, and is currently working on a Slavery at Sea VR experience. Chris has consulted for more than 100 companies, agencies, governments, foundations and nonprofit organizations worldwide, and taken hundreds of people on annual anti-trafficking study tours to Thailand, to learn about the issues first hand, from some of the pioneers of the global movement, who risk their lives daily on the front lines to

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