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February 2, 2016 Roundtable: Focus On Technology, Human Rights & International Security

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February 2, 2016 Roundtable: Focus On Technology, Human Rights & International Security

Elliot J. Gunn

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Advancement in technology has brought new challenges and opportunities for the international community and our quest for peace & security, especially as we face the rise of non-state actors. Please join us for a panel discussion on the intersection between digital technology, human rights and international security in the 21st century, featuring Ramzi Jaber, Timothy Quinn,  Jake Hirsch-Allen, and Dr. Taylor Owen. There will be an opportunity for Q/A with the audience following the presentations and tickets are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Brought to you by the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (

Co-sponsored by the International Relations Society at U of T, Canadian-Arab Institute, Hart House Debates Committee, and CIC's 

When? Tuesday, 2 February 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where? Hart House

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Grant McDonald is a professional journalist and journalism trainer working with the Canadian-based media development organisation Journalist for Human Rights (JHR). Grant helped launch and lead JHR’s latest program in South Sudan; a program which has seen great success in its first year. While in South Sudan, Grant also works as an International Correspondent for Radio France International. Prior to his work overseas he was a News Anchor and Reporter for Talk Radio AM640 in Toronto. Prior to his work in South Sudan, Grant lived and worked in Liberia with JHR and witnessed firsthand the lasting impact of the organisations’ work. Grant is an alumni of Ryerson University where he received a Bachelor of Journalism degree.


Ramzi Jaber

Ramzi is the cofounder of Visualizing Impact, an interdisciplinary organization that specializes in data visualization, technology and data journalism creating visual stories on social issues . Ramzi is also cofounder of (OC), a space where communities crowdsource instances of censorship enacted by private online platforms. OC has recently won the Knight News Challenge. Ramzi's work has been featured in BBC, Fortune,  Policy Mic, Foreign Policy , Fast Company, Jazeera, Open Democracy, Stanford Daily, Global Voices, Guardian and has given talks at Google Mountain view and a TEDx Talk at TEDxSummit in Doha. During the Spring of 2012 he was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law as a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Ramzi has also just been recently selected as an Ashoka Fellow , has been featured by Creative Commons and a 2016 Ford- Mozilla Open Web Fellow. 

Timothy Quinn

Timothy Quinn is Director of Technology with The Sentinel Project, a Canadian NGO which endeavors to mitigate the risk of mass atrocities through early warning intervention and community peace-building, and is the creator of the organization's Hatebase and WikiRumours software. Tim's work for The Sentinel Project has been profiled in Foreign Policy, Wired, The Washington Post, The Toronto Star and Maclean's. Tim is an accomplished author and instructor who has taught at NYU and CUNY, and currently also contributes his time as a Lead Advisor (Philippines) with the Canadian Executive Service Organization and as a Director with Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservatory. Please feel free to connect directly with him at

Jake Hirsch-Allen

Jake Hirsch-Allen is a former startup and intellectual property lawyer who is currently a partner at Functional Imperative, a digital innovation and software development company. Hirsch-Allen also recently founded Lighthouse Labs. In addition, he is a senior manager at Incentives for Global Health, the non-profit proposing the Health Impact Fund. He also works part-time as Director of Business Development for the Multiplicity Accelerator and Cobalt Counsel, and advises a number of high-tech startups. Aside from his his current positions, Hirsch-Allen has significant experience in the private and public sectors in Canada and abroad including clerking for the Supreme Court of Israel, interning at Human Rights Watch and on Radovan Karadzic and Ieng Thirith’s defense teams at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

Dr. Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School and the founder and Editor of He was previously the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and has held research positions at Yale University, The London School of Economics and The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo where his work focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was a Trudeau Scholar. He has held Banting Postdoctoral and Action Canada Fellowships and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Dr. Owen is also an author of several notable books.