The workshop was organised on 23rd November 2014 from 7:30 A.M to 5:00PM at the Workshop Hall of the LYLA Center. About 185 participants from various institutions attended the workshop hosted by Urban Voice Cambodia and the Cambodian Youth Network (CYN).
ICT tools such as online maps (open street map, Ushahidi, Google map, Crowd map), social media, and websites are very popular in the field of social development.
Urban Voice was the first site in Cambodia to deploy Ushahidi as well as the only site dedicated to documenting changes and development in Phnom Penh. The site promotes access to information and analysis of urban development trends for evidence-based advocacy purposes. It also promotes civic participation through its focus on crowdsourcing and encouragement of debate on urban issues, including evictions and other human rights violations.
In order to promote more engagement with Cambodian youth, we have been hosting a series of workshops to discuss social issues in Phnom Penh, and to share interesting technology tools used for development with target groups such as civil society, community activists, and university students. This workshop is targeting university students and youth, as they play an important role in contributing to social development; we therefore see the strong benefit of providing them with information related to ICT for development.
There were presenters from various organizations such as Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), Cambodian League Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADO), Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), Cambodian Youth Network (CYN), and Open Development Cambodia (ODC). They presented ICT tools being used for social development such as the Urban Voice website, Open Street Map, Role of Citizen Journalism, How to Produce Videos for Advocacy, and Open Development Cambodia Website.
The main objectives of the workshop were:
- Engaging youth and university students, as well as community activists, to understand how the use of ICT tools may contribute to social development
- Opening discussion for youth to ask questions and interact with experienced individuals who have been working for social development through the use of ICT tools.
- Building next generation’s awareness on the use of ICT tools for development.
- Building next generation’s awareness on cybercrime laws and its affect on freedom of expression.
If you missed the workshop, please see our photo album here: http://goo.gl/pbXyoO