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.
Ron Bigler has been working as a Senior Strategist for Online Advocacy and Technology for Human Rights First since 2004.
He helped the organization develop and implement online campaigns around its End Torture, Darfur, and Iraqi Refugees campaigns that have: recruited more than 150,000 online activists; generated more than $500,000 in revenue; and expanded the organization's online presence through the use of email advocacy, keyword search marketing, online petitions, blogs, online video, and social networking platforms.
Kirk Boyd is Executive Director of the 2048 Project at UC Berkeley School of Law. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara, as well as a JD, LLM, and JSD from UC Berkeley.
He has been a litigator with Morrison & Forester and a partner in the firm Boyd, Huffman, Williams and Urla, litigating primarily civil rights and environmental law cases in courts of all levels, including the United States Supreme Court. Boyd has taught at UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley, including courses on International Human Rights, International Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and First Amendment.
Xiao Qiang is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. Qiang is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, a bi-lingual China news website. A physicist by training, Qiang received a B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China and studied as a PhD candidate (1986-1989) in astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame.
Qiang became a full time human rights activist after the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. Qiang was the Executive Director of Human Rights in China (1991-2002), and is currently vice-chair of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy. Qiang is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, and is profiled in the book Soul Purpose: 40 People Who Are Changing the World for the Better, (Melcher Media, 2003).
David Sasaki is the Director of Rising Voices, a global citizen media outreach initiative of Global Voices Online. He manages a portfolio of small-scale projects around the developing world that use citizen media to effect social change. Prior to his current focus on outreach he served as Global Voices' Latin America Regional Editor, monitoring the Latin American blogosphere, highlighting key content and translating select posts from Spanish to English.
Sasaki transitioned into online journalism after working as a freelance web developer and English instructor in Monterrey, Mexico. He now splits his time and residence between North and Latin America and writes frequently at Rising Voices, Global Voices, and on his personal weblog.