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

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.

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

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

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

A Human Rights Breakthrough in Guatemala | Smithsonian Magazine

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Guatemala struggles to find war crimes justice

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Two good articles recently covered the Guatemala secret police archive project that we are supporting. Guatemala struggles to find war crimes justice was in the San Francisco Chronicle, and captures the personal side of this work. Many people want to know what happened to those who disappeared in Guatemala's civil war.'s Digging for the truth quotes Benetech's Tamy Guberek and notes that our Martus software is being used in the project.

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.

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

Caltech: Founding Values

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open source Syria technology Richard Feynman open content intellectual property science Guatemala social entrepreneurship Caltech

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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Our EveryAction Hero: World Central Kitchen


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.

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


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.

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.

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?

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Help a Friend Cross the Digital Divide

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Naranya en Guatemala - proyectos con moviles. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Tecnologia y educacion - Evento - 7 de agosto - TEC.

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.

10 Nonprofits to Support on World Humanitarian Day


Their work spans the globe, including promoting the work of a vegetable and chicken farmer in Vietnam , providing financial support to nearly 2,000 families participating in soil conservation projects in Guatemala , and building sanitation facilities in Somalia. August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, an annual reminder that humanitarian crises around the world are far from over.

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 ).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mind apples

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Looking at it instantly transports me back to 1991; it had slowly loosened itself over the course of a bumpy 12-hour journey on a ‘chicken bus’ from Guatemala City to Flores.

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UpEnergy: cool for-profit social enterprise

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They are already active in Africa and Latin America, in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The rise of for-profit social enterprises has been quite exciting. Although I'm firmly on the nonprofit side with Benetech (because we focus on big issues where the market is failing), it's definitely easier to get funded sustainably if you have an exciting and invest-able business plan. Evan Haigler is a social entrepreneur I've known for years.

What Does a NetSquared Event Look Like?

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Spaceapps #Guatemala 2015 — #USAC. Guatemala City, Guatemala: GirlsinICT 2015 Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: TEDXGuatemalacity 2015 — Canton Exposicion Zona 4.

Help a Nonprofit Cross the Digital Divide This Summer

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Hackathon de TechforGood Guatemala Pepitalabs. Guatemala City, Guatemala: wordswelivein Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Lanzamiento de Aceleradora de Spaceappsgt en Usac.

NetSquared Mid-October Event Preview

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Guatemala: DalGT: Actividad de DAL en Guatemala - 26 de Octubre. Guatemala: Meet Latam - convocatoria preliminar. It’s getting colder out there…winter is coming.

Your Local Tech4Good Club Is Ready to Help

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Innovagt Next Extended Event de #google. Guatemala City, Guatemala: GirlsinICT 2017 #Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala: SpaceAppsgt 2017 #bigdata #opendata en #uvg.

Find an Awesome Nonprofit Tech Training Near You

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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.

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

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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.

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. NetSquared believes in the power of meeting face-to-face in physical space.

Supercharge Your Nonprofit Tech Powers with NetSquared

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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.

Trainer’s Notebook: Tips for Good Openings

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I’ve just returned from a two-week trip to Guatemala hosted by Wake. We worked with a network of women’s rights NGOs located throughout Latin America and Guatemala who traveled to Antigua for the multi-day training.

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Learn from the Pros at a NetSquared Community Event

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de como hacer Estilos Sociales para el mundo digital. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de Automatización de QA para dispositivos móviles y aplicaciones web. Guatemala City, Guatemala: Taller de seguridad en Internet.