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Verdict in Guatemala Disappearance Case!

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Benetech Statistical Expert Testifies in Guatemala Disappearance Case The Benetech Human Rights Program uses cutting edge computing methods and statistical analysis to provide objective evidence of human rights violations. Guzmán’s testimony was based on his analysis of the Guatemalan National Police Archive which was discovered by chance in 2005 in a munitions storehouse in Guatemala City.

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Interning in Guatemala on the Archive Project

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Then again, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I heard the playful notes of a street band wafting through the window while in Guatemala with Benetech's Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG). But first: why was I, a fresh graduate of UCLA, in Guatemala in the first place? (It’s Last August, I traveled with HRDAG statistician Dr. Megan Price to the Archive in Guatemala City to prepare the statistical evidence with our partners.

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Guatemala: the Secret Files

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Frontline World is airing a terrific piece on our Guatemala work tonight on KQED in the Bay Area (9 pm PT). You can view it online right now. It already aired on the east coast. I don't think we've ever had such extensive and thoughtful coverage of a topic: there are the video segments, slideshows, extended interviews and more. Everybody at Benetech is so proud of our human rights team getting this kind of exposure and promoting the importance of human rights

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Guatemala Photo Essay

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Ann Harrison, our Communications Director, just pulled together a great photo essay on our work with the National Police Archive in Guatemala. I think this essay really brings home the reality of our work in Guatemala: the stories of interrupted lives buried in an archive being brought into the daylight, as well as the larger context of how this work connects with the issues facing Guatemalan society today

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Guatemala's civil war records

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A great radio story aired today on Public Radio International's show, The World, on Guatemala's civil war records. It talks about National Police Archive in Guatemala, and has a quote from Patrick Ball. Clark Boyd of The World took a team to Guatemala earlier this month, and was there for their big election

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A Human Rights Breakthrough in Guatemala | Smithsonian Magazine

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Tags: Ann Harrison HRDAG human rights Smithsonian Patrick Ball Guatemala

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Protecting Guatemala's National Police Historical Archive

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Protecting Guatemala's National Police Historical Archive A Guest Blog By Ann Harrison Benetech Communications Director Since 2003, Benetech's Martus information management software has helped human rights activists create encrypted databases and back up their data remotely to their choice of publicly available servers. Last month, I had a chance to visit the largest Martus project which is unfolding inside a mammoth warehouse in Guatemala City.

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Testimony From Benetech’s Daniel Guzmán Helps Establish Legal Precedent and Convictions for Forced Disappearance in Guatemala

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I announced in this blog last month that judges in Guatemala had found two former police officers guilty in the 1984 forced disappearance of Guatemalan student and union leader Edgar Fernando García. This historical ruling has established forced disappearance as a crime in Guatemala and provided government prosecutors with a key legal precedent needed to investigate higher ranking officers for their possible role in the case.

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NPR : Guatemala Police Archive Yields Clues to 'Dirty War'

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One of our hottest human rights projects is our work in Guatemala, helping with the huge secret police archive that is being analyzed there. National Public Radio's Morning Edition had a great story on the topic this morning, and Benetech's very own Patrick Ball was quoted talking about this as the largest secret police archive ever made available to the human rights process. Be sure to check out the transcript of the piece

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Guatemalan National Police Archive Goes Online

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This repository is an important step forward for the people of Guatemala and those seeking information about human rights abuses that occurred during the country’s 36 years of armed internal conflict. Documents from the Guatemala City-based Archive have already provided critical information in the prosecution of former members of Guatemalan security forces accused of human rights abuses.

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Caltech: Founding Values

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open source Syria technology Richard Feynman open content intellectual property science Guatemala social entrepreneurship Caltech Address on receiving Caltech’s Distinguished Alumni Award May 18, 2013 Caltech was founded to give back to society through science and engineering, to discover knowledge and apply that knowledge.

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Benetech’s Daniel Guzmán Publishes Account of Landmark Guatemalan Human Rights Case

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Benetech statistician Daniel Guzmán has just published his account of one legal case which set a historic precedent for human rights in Guatemala. Discovered by chance in 2005 in an explosives storehouse in Guatemala City, the archive contains what archivists estimate to be 8 kilometers or approximately 80 million sheets, of paper. Statistical data are very seldom used as evidence in court cases in Guatemala, and defense attorneys were attempting to discredit his testimony.

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Benetech Statistician Megan Price talks to local ASA chapter

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Specifically, I presented the audience with the following questions: Were acts of genocide committed against the Mayan people in Guatemala? statistics statisticians HRP Daubert Chad HRDAG human rights Habre Kosovo ASA Guatemala MilosevicGuest Beneblog by Megan Price I recently had the opportunity to present several of HRP’s projects to the local San Francisco chapter of the American Statistical Association (SFASA).

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Benetech: President's Update

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Highlights of this Letter: SocialCoding4Good CityOptions Read2Go and Route 66 Literacy Selected Program Updates Human rights: Legal victory in Guatemala, PBS NewsHour stories Literacy: Major milestones for Bookshare at home and abroad SocialCoding4Good Just funded by the John S. HRP’s statistical analysis of evidence from the Guatemalan National Police Archives, which contains some 80 million documents, has helped to establish forced disappearance as a crime in Guatemala.

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International Human Rights Day 2011

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HRP members produced scientifically sound analysis that is advancing the process of legal justice in Guatemala. In a recent blog post , I described how HRP statistician Daniel Guzmán’s expert testimony in a breakthrough legal case against two former police officers helped score a remarkable victory in the fight to end impunity in Guatemala. We’re honored to support the process towards justice and accountability at this critical time in Guatemala’s history.

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Benetech Human Rights Data Analysts Uncover Critical Evidence

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In 2010, Benetech’s Human Rights Data Analysis Group examined once hidden government documents from Guatemala and Chad that provided key evidence needed to hold former national leaders and security forces accountable for human rights violations. The past year of research by HRDAG analysts has supported key criminal prosecutions and uncovered the truth about political violence in Guatemala, Iran, Colombia, Chad and Liberia.

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Benetech: President's Update

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Guzmán Benetech Martus human rights Miradi Guatemala Bookshare CapielBenetech President's Update Winter 2011 I’m pleased to provide you you a detailed update on Benetech for the first time in two years. Last summer I talked about our great summer interns and fellows and early this year, I sent a copy of our 20th Anniversary Report that talked about our entire history.

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Guatemalan Police Archive Finds Evidence in Disappearance Case

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Garcia disappeared after being placed in police detention in Guatemala City. Montenegro founded the Mutual Support Group (GAM), one of the largest organizations representing the families of the disappeared in Guatemala. Tags: arrest HRDAG GAM Édgar Fernando Garcia archive Guatemala National Police Archive

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Martus Growth

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This tremendous growth is due in large part to the continued use of Martus by our partners working in Guatemala with the National Police Archive, and projects gathering data about Burma, Iraq and the Philippines. Benetech has been seeing incredible growth in our Martus projects over the last year! We now have over 60,000 bulletins which have been backed up to secure Martus servers by over 1000 users across the world. This represents 400% growth over last year.

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48 million Guatemalan Secret Police Documents

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Benetech's Human Rights Program is helping the Ombudsman's Office in Guatemala with the Archives Project. Benetech staff Tamy Guberek, Romesh Silva and Daniel Guzmán are currently in Guatemala City helping the Ombudsman's Office to refine and implement a series of statistical pilot studies conceived by Benetech's Human Rights Program Director Patrick Ball. The National Police was accused by victims of being responsible for much of the violence in Guatemala.

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Help a Friend Cross the Digital Divide

Tech Soup Blog

Guatemala City, Guatemala: Naranya en Guatemala - proyectos con moviles. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Tecnologia y educacion - Evento - 7 de agosto - TEC. You’re reading the TechSoup blog, so you’re probably already comfortable with using technology in your work. But there are millions of nonprofit staffers who aren't yet confident enough with digital tools and services to increase the impact of their work.

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NetSquared Gets Down to Business This Summer

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Apoyo en comercializacion de Amcham a productos tecnologicos. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Apoyo en comercializacion de Amcham a productos tecnologicos. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Tecnologia y educacion - Evento - 7 de agosto - TEC. Actually, that headline is a lie. NetSquared is taking it easy this summer! There are just twenty events scheduled for August, but we’re deep in planning mode for a HUGE fall.

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Our EveryAction Hero: World Central Kitchen

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This year, we have activated kitchens to respond to the volcanoes in Hawaii and Guatemala. Tim helped us there, led our kitchen in Hawaii, and even came with us to Guatemala. We actually had a Puerto Rican chef impacted by the hurricane who came with us to Guatemala to cook with us. We did use EveryAction to create a custom page where we could track donations specifically for Guatemala.

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22 Email Ledes That Always Work!!

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That’s what Maria, a farmworker in Zunil, Guatemala, told me when I asked her about how climate change is affecting her region. Read time: Kind of a while, tbh, but there’s a shortcut! Unless you are a very specific kind of nerd, you may not have ever heard of Wally Wood. That’s okay.

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64 Online Stores That Benefit Nonprofits and the Greater Good

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Hiptipico is an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala showcasing Maya artisans and their handmade creations. The National Retail Federation expects online holiday sales in the United States to shatter previous records by reaching at least $218.3 billion in 2021.

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Join Us for Local and Virtual Events This Week With Social Media September

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Guatemala: JWebes de Apps - Guatemala. Guatemala: Taller de e-emprendimiento y e-promocion del Campus Tec. Guatemala: The Social Good Summit Global Conversation 2013 - Guatemala. Guatemala: CampusTec - evento de Google. Guatemala: Visita de Experto de Taiwan - Campus Tec - 27 de septiembre. We’re half way into Social Media September , but we’re just getting started!

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NetSquared: The Place for Free Nonprofit Tech Help

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Hackathon #VIHInfogt #Yorespeto #Yomeinformo. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Tec Networking Day — Quieres hacer negocios en El Salvador? What if there was a place for your nonprofit to get free technology support from local experts? What if there were regular gatherings where nonprofit techies could come together to drink, laugh, and network with their peers? Well, there are!

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Medical Surplus Alliance Connects With Guatemalan Hospital With Help From Boulder Based Software Company & Acclaimed Photographer

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The team also visited Obras Sociales Del Santo Hermano Pedro, hospital and clinic in Antigua, Guatemala to interview patients, staff and volunteers regarding how quality medical donations are saving lives and why more are desperately needed. Acclaimed photographer and visual engineer, Ben Von Wong, is working with Avencera Partners, VisionLink, Inc. and the MedSurplus Alliance to create a groundbreaking video for an upcoming social media fundraising campaign.

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Tell Your Community's Story with NetSquared

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Digital StoryTelling en Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Digital StoryTelling en Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de como hacer un "Pitch" para emprendedores. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de como hacer Estilos Sociales para el mundo digital. With less than two weeks to go, TechSoup’s Storymakers campaign is roaring along.

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Build Your Storymaking Skills with Free Events and Webinars

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Conversatorio de temas de la Propiedadintelectu­al via @delvallegt @acmchapter. Guatemala City, Guatemala: #coretic2016 #innovacionfinancie­ra. Guatemala City, Guatemala: isocgt Primera Reunión del Capitulo de Isoc Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Pechakucha Guatemala Vol. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Spaceapps Guatemala 2016 — Usac.

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Dr. Karen Ramey Burns

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Over the last 17 years, Kar and I crossed paths in Haiti, Guatemala, Colombia, and many times at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS. A Guest Reflection by Dr. Patrick Ball, Benetech's Chief Scientist I am terribly sad to learn today of the untimely death of a friend and mentor, Dr. Karen Ramey Burns. Kar was a forensic anthropologist who specialized in human rights cases, and she was a founders of our Colombian partner organization EQUITAS ).

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NetSquared October Event Preview

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Guatemala: Taller para hacer un “elevator pitch” Wednesday, October 2. Guatemala: Drupal Camp de Guatemala - 2013. Guatemala: DalGT: Actividad de DAL en Guatemala - 26 de Octubre. Guatemala: Meet Latam - convocatoria preliminar. Last month was a monster for NetSquared - we held 48 events during Social Media September , including 14 workshops and nine social media surgeries.

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What Does a NetSquared Event Look Like?

Tech Soup Blog

Guatemala City, Guatemala: Spaceapps #Guatemala 2015 — #USAC. Guatemala City, Guatemala: GirlsinICT 2015 Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: TEDXGuatemalacity 2015 — Canton Exposicion Zona 4. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've probably encountered one of my twice-monthly roundups of nonprofit tech meetups.

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NetSquared Mid-October Event Preview

Tech Soup Blog

Guatemala: DalGT: Actividad de DAL en Guatemala - 26 de Octubre. Guatemala: Meet Latam - convocatoria preliminar. It’s getting colder out there…winter is coming. Huddle up with your #nptech colleagues at a NetSquared meetup to keep warm and learn about the latest trends in nonprofit technology. October’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. With 50 groups world-wide there’s probably an event near you!

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Help a Nonprofit Cross the Digital Divide This Summer

Tech Soup Blog

Guatemala City, Guatemala: Hackathon de TechforGood Guatemala Pepitalabs. Guatemala City, Guatemala: wordswelivein Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Lanzamiento de Aceleradora de Spaceappsgt en Usac. You're reading the TechSoup blog, so you're probably already comfortable with using technology in your work. But there are millions of nonprofit staffers who don't have the skills to use technology to do more good.

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Social Media for Social Good Events Coming to a City Near You

Tech Soup Blog

Join a Social Media Surgery in Vancouver and Peterborough, Canada; Guatemala City; or Cambridge and Manchester, United Kingdom. Guatemala: Social Media Surgery - Campus Tec. Guatemala: Evento de Wayra Day de Guatemala - Convocatoria Preliminar. Guatemala: JWebes de Apps - Guatemala. Guatemala: The Social Good Summit Global Conversation 2013 - Guatemala. Guatemala: [#CampusTec - evento de Google] ([link].

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NetSquared Goes to 15NTC. And Your Hometown Too

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Guatemala City, Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Evento de Ciudades Inteligentes — #smartcityhack. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Edudaygt 26 de febrero. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Bootcamp del Tec — Taller sobre aspectos de mercadeo para emprendedores. NetSquared believes in the power of meeting face-to-face in physical space.

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Supercharge Your Nonprofit Tech Powers with NetSquared

Tech Soup Blog

Guatemala City, Guatemala: Global Game Jam — Guatemala 2015. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Ferias de Hardware 2015. I bet you made all sorts of grand New Year's resolutions for 2015. If you're like me, then you swore that this year, you're finally going to learn to use technology to make yourself more productive at work. Unless you're Superman, you're probably already struggling. Keeping resolutions is hard.

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NetSquared Events for September: Featuring #Storymakers2014

Tech Soup Blog

Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Digital StoryTelling en Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Ronda de Negocios Internacional en el Tec. Storymakers is live! TechSoup’s digital storytelling challenge is open between now and September 26, 2014. Submit your digital video, five photographs, or a super-short story. We have $13,000 in prizes available! Looking for inspiration for your digital story? Join your local NetSquared group.

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Find an Awesome Nonprofit Tech Training Near You

Tech Soup Blog

Guatemala City, Guatemala. Charla con Scripps Networks Interactive en Guatemala. HourofCode Guatemala via @delvallegt. Guatemala City, Guatemala: #Pechakuchagt #Antigua 5 de Octubre en Impact Hub. October is here, which means we can't ignore the fact that fall has arrived. The weather's getting cooler (except for our friends in Los Angeles!), and the leaves are starting to change color.