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SXSW Interactive 2014

Lets Use Immersion and Co-Presence Tech for Good?

What are the actual and potential usages for social good, and particularly human rights activism, of technologies of wearable computing, live video, immersive media and co-presence? What are the ethical questions that arise as we try to use these tools for good?

Based on the research and projects undertaken on a 'Future for Good' fellowship at the Institute for the Future, this presentation will explore the current state and future possibilities of new technologies that allow people to live vicariously through others' eyes, ears (and noses), and feel a real sense of presence in another location. Once we can see in real-time what is happening in a human rights situation, experience it through others' eyes, and feel it as they do - can this drive us more to act? And how do we 'route' the compassion and empathy that we feel from that sense of 'being there' into meaningful relevant action? And what how do we avoid turning into mindless voyeurs and not meaningful agents of change?

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  1. How are people currently using new technologies of co-presence and immersion for human rights and social justice?
  2. What are the directions these technologies are going to take and how might these affect their potential for social justice usages?
  3. What are the ethical questions that come from real-time immersive experience of other people living in crisis?
  4. What are ways to maximize the empathy and engagement from people participating in ‘co-present’ actions?
  5. How do we create the “head-space” for co-present activists from a remote location to actually understand and “see what they are seeing” across cultural, social and political divides?


  • Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS


Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS

Meta Information:

  • Tags: activism, wearables
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Entertainment and Immersion
  • Level: Intermediate
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