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OPEN CALL FOR: User Experience Task Force for Global Change

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Opportunity2The User Experience Task Force for Global Change is an interdisciplinary team that will address the citizen usability of software and mobile applications with organizations such as The Guardian Project, Open Internet Tools Project, Witness.org, Georgia Law Society Project, and many more. The User Experience Task Force for Global Change is a group of designers and developers that meets semi-regularly to:
● discuss the UX/UI/design strengths and weaknesses of current software projects in
development,
● discuss software usability from a design perspective; taking into account
internationalization, users with disabilities, and users with different levels of literacy,
● match designers with developers who value good design and UX help!

They are looking for current undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies students interested
in the integration of software design with user experience, human rights, social justice, field
journalism, international law, software security, technology and law.

***If you are interested in participating in the project please email: Athena.azevedo@gmail.com with
a brief letter of interest (no longer than 2 paragraphs) and your resume or portfolio.

Please see below for further information on the UX Task Force project. The first meetings are currently slated to begin in late February.

User Experience Task Force for Global Change:
Goals:
– meet semi-regularly to discuss the UX/UI/design strengths and weaknesses of current software
projects in development
– discuss software usability from a design perspective; taking into account internationalization,
users with disabilities, and users with different levels of literacy
– match designers with developers who need you to join their team
Benefits:
– join a community of designers, developers, and security researchers in effecting change across
the globe’s quickly changing digital landscape.
– learn more about contemporary challenges in digital security, and tools to respond to those
challenges when designing for mobile and web.
– gain experience in open source development
– networking opportunities with for-profit developers and open internet foundations who are
looking to hire design, UX, and UI ninjas like you for real projects that have real funding!
Requirements:
– undergraduate or graduate standing in an accredited college or university, or student standing in
a professional studies program
– some experience in graphic design, and/or design for web, mobile, and/or software
– must be NYC based (as all UX meetings will take place in the city)

ABOUT THE GAURDIAN PROJECT: While smartphones have been heralded as the coming of
the next generation of communication and collaboration, they are a step backwards when it
comes to personal security, anonymity and privacy. The Guardian Project aims to create easy to
use apps, open-source software libraries and operating system modifications, and customized
mobile devices that can be used and deployed around the world, by any person looking to protect
their communications and personal data from unjust intrusion and monitoring.
https://guardianproject.info/

ABOUT WITNESS: WITNESS is an international nonprofit organization that has been using the
power of video and storytelling for 20 years to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses.
It was co-founded in 1992 by musician and human rights advocate Peter Gabriel, Human Rights
First and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation. http://www.witness.org

 

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