The Whistle featured at the ‘Technology for the Bottom Billion’ Workshop

On Friday the 10th of June, The Whistle took part in a workshop organised by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge. The workshop brought together technological initiatives, which could potentially serve as alleviating responses to the plight of those who live on less than $2 a day.

In their own words ‘Most of the benefits of cutting edge science are enjoyed by the world’s wealthiest 10%, while the bottom 50% bear the brunt of the externalities that new technologies so often generate’. The Whistle was one out of a host of other initiatives, including “DigiTally” (simplifying offline payments), and “Networking for Development” (developing drones that deliver network access to hard-to-reach areas).

Our team’s greatest hopes and aspirations are that anyone with access to a phone or computer is able to report human rights violations, whilst simultaneously rendering this data more readily useful and reliable in a shorter amount of time, via the provision of a verification “front-end”. We have no illusions as to the strong impact of inequality, particularly in terms of the required level of digital literacy, but through extensive interviews and analysis of a wide range of diverse organisations and their respective civilian groups of focus, we can make some strides in aiding the human rights fact-finding process. The workshop was an opportunity to gather feedback and comments on the way The Whistle works, as well as an occasion to extend an invitation for collaboration.

If you have any comments or would like to collaborate, or even provide a potential test-case, we can be contacted on our website (, via twitter (@whistlereporter), or directly to Dr Ella McPherson (

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Matt Mahmoudi

Research Assistant @ The Whistle