Conference Agenda

   

Open Skies, Open Societies:
How Civil Society Can Use New Technology for Social Change

May 9-10, 2016 | Budapest | Registration is closed

Conference organized by
Atlatszo.hu and
Center for Media, Data and Society, School of Public Policy of CEU

DAY 1. MONDAY, MAY 9

Venue: School of Public Policy of Central European University – Budapest, Október 6. u. 7. Room 102 map

 

8:30 – 9:00am Registration, coffee and snacks

Come, grab a coffee, register and get to know the facilitators and other participants.

9:00 – 9:15am Welcome
Eva Bognar (Center for Media, Data and Society, School of Public Policy of CEU)
Marietta Le (atlatszo.hu)

9:15 – 10:00am Keynote Introduction: Do Drones fit into the Human Rights Advocate’s Toolkit?  Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego USA)

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, represent a paradox for civil society advocates. This innovation expands systems of accountability and surveillance simultaneously. Institutionalized human rights groups, with their focus on the state, have been quick to recognize the challenges and slow to recognize the benefits of this new state of affairs. Looser networks of investigative journalists, advocacy groups and scholar practitioners have put this technology to work for the public good. Much of this early work is experimental, little is collaborative, and civil society advocates appear quite reluctant to incorporate this innovation into their operations. We believe this will change over the next five years, as a younger generation of human rights advocates engage a broader array of tools. This contribution concludes with a discussion of broader ethical implications and a framework for responsible usage.

10:00 – 10:15am Coffee break

10:15 – 11:30am Panel – Can drone technology bring us more transparency and accountability?
Moderator: Tautvydas Juskauskas (Good Drone Lab)
Speakers: David Goldberg (Southwestern Law School, USA), Tamas Bodoky (atlatszo.hu, Hungary),  Jan Indra (Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, Czech Republic), Marietta Le (atlatszo.hu, Hungary)

Drone technology has been changing the way media or activists are reporting about crucial political or societal events. Drones are employed by journalists or activists in order to gather hardly accessible data and footage. Also, small unmanned vehicles help bring another perspective, by showing a bigger picture and the size of a scale. The advantage of employing this technology is obvious, but does it have a tangible impact for policy-making, advocacy, and etc. In this session practitioners, activists and experts provide a general overview of how this new technology has been evolving and what impact it has on transparency and accountability.

11:30am – 12:45pm Panel  Specific best of drone usage by media, activists and NGOs
Moderator: Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego, USA)
Participants: Tamás Bence Gáspár (444.hu, Hungary), Aron Halasz (atlatszo.hu, Hungary), Sergiu Brega (RISE, Romania), Nick Noordam (Dutch Unmanned Aerial Solutions, The Netherlands), Marton Gulyas (Hungary)

In this session practitioners will provide an overview of the way they have used drones to gather data and communicate for impact. We will then open the space up to capture examples of practical use and past experience from the audience.

LUNCH BREAK

1:45 – 3:00pm Roundtable: Regulatory Frameworks
Moderator: Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego, USA)
Global Trends: Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
European Trends: Tautvydas Juskauskas
V4 Trends – workshop discussion with V4 participants: Zuzanna Warso (Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland), Pavel Nechala (Transparency International, Slovakia), Daniel G. Szabo (atlatszo.hu, Hungary), Jan Indra (Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, Czech Republic)

3:00 – 3:15pm Coffee break

3:15 – 4:30pm Panel: Privacy and data protection implications of the civil use of drones
Moderator: David Goldberg (Southwestern Law School, USA)
Speakers: Dorota Glowacka and Zuzanna Warso (Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland), Pavel Nechala (Transparency International, Slovakia), Anna Walkowiak (Panoptykon Foundation, Poland)

How to best balance privacy with the public’s right to information? In this panel leading experts will address this puzzle through a combination of theory and practice-based observations.

4:45 – 6:00pm Workshop: Hands-on exploration of the technology
1. Aerial video for investigative journalism: lessons learnt – Akos Baranya (atlatszo.hu, Hungary)
2. Estimating a crowd size: how to use the Juskauskas-Choi-Fitz method to estimate event size – Tautvydas Juskauskas (Good Drone Lab)
3. The image analysis. How the analysis of drone footage can be made more efficient? An overview of object detection algorithms and possible applications of such data analysis - Nick Noordam (Birds.ai, Dutch UAS)

6:00 – 6:10pm Wrap-up

7:30pm SOCIAL EVENT
Venue: Kőleves Kert (Garden) – District 7., Kazinczy street 41. map

DAY 2. TUESDAY, MAY 10

Venue: outside destination/CEU Computer Lab depending on the weather.

9:30am – 12:00am Fieldwork Session
1. Drones 101. The drone types, main components, payloads, mission planning – Tautvydas Juskauskas (Good Drone Lab)
2. Balloons 101. Briefing how to fly and exercising flying a balloon – Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego, USA)
3. Flying exercises in the open field, data/footage gathering
(Including a short lunch on site.)

1:15 – 2:30pm Skill-building workshops – CEU Computer Lab
1. Drone video editing tricks and tips for advocates/civil society actors - Akos Baranya (atlatszo.hu, Hungary)
2. Crowd estimation – the actual application – Tautvydas Juskauskas/Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (Good Drone Lab)
3. Geotagging the images (coupling GPS location to images using geo setter software) and Creating image mosaics (photographic maps with pix4d software) – Nick Noordam (Birds.ai, Dutch UAS)

 Agenda is subject to change.

For more information please write to: dron@atlatszo.hu