Benetech and Human Rights
Over the years, Benetech has provided human rights organizations with purpose built software, as well as technology training and research. Explore some of our past projects:
Martus – Secure Human Rights Documentation
Benetech created Martus, to fill a need in the human rights community for secure collection and storage of human rights data. Martus was used by human rights defenders in over 50 countries, including secure data collection for over 245,000 documented cases of human rights abuses. Our Martus software was used to document rights abuses against LGBTQ individuals in Uganda and preserve evidence of human rights violations perpetrated during the Guatemalan civil war.
Exploring Technology in Human Rights (video + worksheet)
In partnership with Freedom House, a non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights, Benetech developed resources to help human rights organizations explore new technology solutions. The introductory video and accompanying worksheets invite human rights organizations to consider key questions as they evaluate new solutions and begin their technology journey.
Digital Security Training Game
Learning best practices in any profession can take years, but for human rights defenders, following them can have life or death consequences. There are many precautions that Human Rights Defenders must take to protect themselves and the people with whom they work. In collaboration with OSCE ODIHR, Benetech built a narrative adventure game that introduces the basics of human rights monitoring and security concepts as the player uncovers mounting evidence of wide-reaching human rights violations.