Recent innovations in science and technology have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and to disseminate this information in real time throughout the world.
The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley is pleased to showcase these recent developments and push new frontiers of applied research.
Mark Hanis was appointed by US President Barack Obama to serve in the 2012-2013 Class of White House Fellows and is placed in the Office of the Vice-President. A serial social entrepreneur, Hanis co-founded the Organ Alliance to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Previously, he was Co-Founder and President of United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition), an organization created with the mission to empower citizens and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. From February to August 2003, he worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was a 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a 2006 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2009 Prime Mover Fellow and a 2008 Ashoka Fellow. Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy.
Jason Rosenthal is Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Ning, Inc. where he is responsible for all outbound and customer facing activities at the company. Previously, Rosenthal was Vice President of HP Software's Business Service Automation product line which encompasses the former Opsware product portfolio (acquired by HP for $1.6B) and leading solutions in the storage management, desktop management, and mobile device management space.
Rosenthal holds a BA in history from Pomona College where he also serves on the board of trustees and he received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Susan Tenby is Senior Manager for Online Community Development at TechSoup Global and leads an active community of nonprofit staff and volunteers in Second Life.
She frequently speaks at conferences and has testified before Congress about work in virtual worlds.
Eric Volz is an American who was falsely accused and ultimately convicted to a 30 year sentence for rape and murder in Nicaragua in Nov 2006. From http://www.friendsorericvolz.com, a website created in his mother’s living room, a phenomenal world-wide movement emerged that brought together the international community in support of human rights by leveraging the social networking tools of the web to create solidarity and fight for justice.
The growth of this community not only sustained Volz in jail but eventually caught the attention of international headlines, pressuring the highest levels of both the US and Nicaraguan governments to resolve the matter and bringing about his release from prison in late December 2007.
Volz is now working to launch a SOS Strategy Center designed to assist primarily (but not limited to) citizens of the United States and Puerto Rico who find themselves in trouble abroad. Specific to the work of the SOS Strategy Center are cases that have political undertones, which complicate the ability to secure a fair trial and due process.