TechforJustice Collaboration Launch Initiative

February 25, 2021 9AM to 12PM EST

About TechforJustice Collaboration Launch Initiative

Join us at the TechforJustice Collaboration Launch Initiative – it will be a one day (un)conference aimed at building “Justice Layer of the Internet”, a global marketplace accessible to anyone with a mobile device and a secure and trusted digital identity!

Calling Question: How can we bring together the legal, technology industry, and policy makers in worldwide collaboration toward meeting the SDGs and a globally sustainable future.

If you are passionate about using technology to make this world a better place, this is an initiative for you!

If you are looking for a project to contribute, or have a project that needs help, this is a initiative for you!

Working at the intersection of human rights, legal frameworks, education, and the use of technology will be explored during the presentations, panel discussions and collaborative unconference sessions.

It is our goal to have a clear picture of how all these pieces fit together with the early outlines of a reality to be achieved within the coming 6 months.

We will be learning about key initiatives like those below.

The entry point of our discussion was the ’s current projects:

  • PeaceTones: Enabling fair-trade music economy by providing musicians with the means to receive payments for their work.
  • Bee1World: A youth-led project that utilizes the power of music and film to build skills for employability through collaboration between the US and African continent.
  • TheInvisibles: Providing stateless refugees and disenfranchised populations with legal digital identities utilizing blockchain technology.
  • Distributed Lending Network: A secure blockchain based cryptocurrency lending platform with no interest charged and a modest return to its funders.
  • ShareThing: A site for sharing without expectations of return to provide a platform to give out of your excess items others might need.
  • A blockchain and cryptocurrency/fiat currency provider for secure and immutable identity, credentials and fair market service platforms
  • QuestScope: A provider of learning and opportunity for marginalized youth relying on theory of social change that recognizes the interconnected nature of individual transformation, institutional response, and policy changes at the governance level
  • Intel – A conflict resolution system designed to address construction projects conflicts before they devolve into litigation
  • Human Rights First – An innovation lab bringing emerging technologies to bear on human rights issues globally
  • World Legal Summit – A global coalition of lawyers, technologists and policy makers focused on addressing the issues of Autonomous Intelligent Systems and the legal framework within which they should act.
  • Convergence – We convene individuals and organizations with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues.

Building a community of technologists, legal professionals, policy makers, social and human rights activists, this initiative will seek to explore a world of abundance, not scarcity. Empowering collaboration, not competition, this launch will seek to build a world of opportunity and justice for all, beginning with the marginalized.


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    To get a clearer picture of what we hope to achieve, the 14 minute video below provides an introduction to this initiative which was approved by the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.

    Initiative Launch Schedule

    The Inaugural IBO Framing Summit was held on November 17, 2020. Details and presentations can be reviewed below.

    The follow up launch day on February 25 2021, will help co-create a clear picture of how all these pieces fit together with the early outlines of a reality to be achieved within the following 6 months.

    Co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Collaborative Coalitions Task Force, we are working with other collaborators to build a new world order of “liberty and justice for all” at the layer of the internet.

    Join us in the creation of collaborative solutions for the problems of the world.

    November 17th, 2020 - DAY 1

    US Time

    Virtual Location: QiQo chat

    6:30AM PST

    Doors Open for Socializing

    Kaliya Young – Host

    Kaliya Young also known as “Identity Woman,” has spent the last 15 years of her career focused on one thing supporting the emergence of an identity layer of the internet that works for and empowers people. A term was coined recently to describe this – self-sovereign identity. Before that it was known as user-centric identity.

    7:00AM PST

    Welcoming Opening – Larry is the MC

    7:10AM PST

    Welcome – opening – sharing in chat of who people are and where they are coming from.

    Jeff Aresty

    Jeffrey M. Aresty is based in Houston, Texas, and is an international business and e-commerce lawyer who has led the non-profit Internet Bar Organization (IBO) since 2005.

    IBO’s mission is to promote and shape the emerging online justice community by using technology and the Rule of Law to promote human rights and alleviate poverty.

    As president of Internet Bar Organization (IBO), he co-founded the PeaceTones Initiative as its signature project to showcase how technology can increase access to justice across borders. PeaceTones empowers musicians from the developing world to reach global markets. ( );

    Ethan Katsh

    Director at National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Publication of Digital Justice: Technology and the Internet of Disputes, April 4, 2017

    Kristina Yasuda

    As a director of the American NGO “”, Yasuda is developing a “Digital Identity” business aiming to issue digital certificates for refugees in Bangladesh, while belonging to a major IT company.

    Larry Bridgesmith – MC

    Bringing business consulting and training at the level of the Internet through emerging technologis such as blockchain, smart contracts, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency and interoperable technologies.

    Businesses today are beginning to recognize an integrated approach to AI deployment must be an enterprise strategy which is far more transformative than one off applications.

    A noted speaker and thought leader in innovation and a trainer in AI applications for businesses in any sector.

    Take the time to paint the vision of all the pieces and how they can come together


    Summit Opening

    TechforJustice Summit Developing World Summary

    8:00-8:30AM PST

    Developing the world and its potential


    Nicky Hickman

    Nicky is a freelance product and innovation manager with domain expertise in digital identity and digital inclusion. She is a Fellow of the RSA and Trustee at the Sovrin Foundation.
    Affiliation: Freelancer Consultant and Sovrin Trustee
    @NickyHickman11 (Twitter)

    Curt Rhodes

    A resident of the Middle East for more than three decades, Curt Rhodes began his international experience as a volunteer in Indonesia in the 1970s. In 1981, he moved to Lebanon and served as Assistant Dean in the school of Public Health at the American University of Beirut. After witnessing the Sabra and Chatilla massacres in 1982, Rhodes left academia to found Questscope, an British NGO to help provide equal access and opportunity for disadvantaged youth throughout the region. In 2011 he was awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the Middle East by the Schwab Foundation. Locations of Questscope programmes include Jordan, Syria, Germany and the USA.

    8:30-9:00AM PST

    Breakout discussion with speakers
    Opening Speakers – in Main Space
    Nicky Hickman – Breakout space A
    Curt Rhodes- Breakout Space B

    9:00-9:30AM PST

    Legal Framework


    Lisa LeVasseur

    Experienced Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Product Requirements, Portfolio Planning, Technology Strategy, Carrier Relationships, Architecture and User Experience.

    Jean Quéralt

    Jean F. Queralt is the Founder and CEO of The IO Foundation, a nonprofit advocating for Data-Centric Digital Rights. Disturbed by the level of intrusion of technology in the lives of citizens, he took the leap in 2018 of starting TIOF to establish a more solid and targeted direction to address Digital Rights from a technical standards perspective.

    9:30-10:00AM PST

    Breakout discussion with speakers
    Lisa LeVasseur – Breakout Space A
    Jean Queralt – Breakout B

    10:00-10:30AM PST



    John Phillips

    John Phillips is an expert in Self-Sovereign Identity and leads the 460degrees Ventures, Emerging Technology and Education practices.

    John believes that Self Sovereign Identity represents a better model for digital trust for people, organisations, and things on a global scale. He sees SSI as a disruptive force for change for good, and wants to be a catalyst for that change, helping people and organisations navigate their way to a better future.


    PeaceTones® enables musicians to develop and disseminate their art by bringing crucial legal, technology, and business skills to historically unheard musicians, empowering them as leaders and shapers of positive social change.

    Sherman Teichman

    Sherman Teichman is the Founding Director (Emeritus since 2016) of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, which he led for more than three decades. Mr. Teichman is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. He has had a distinguished career working on diverse issues including international terrorism, the Israel – Palestine dispute, 21st century conflict, civil – military relations, and global health and security. Mr. Teichman is a board member and strategic adviser for several organizations including the Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the Human Rights Foundation, Refuge Point, Combatants for Peace, VII Photo Foundation, and the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development. He was a Carr Center Senior Fellow from 2017 to 2019.

    10:30-11:30AM PST

    Discussion all Together – Topic Building the Justice Layer
    What are the possibilities we see?
    What questions do we have?
    What else do we have to contribute to the vision?

    12:00PM PST

    Wrap by Noon is a non-profit organization and based on grant funding and donations from people like you to help us continue our work. We appreciate any amount you believe our work is worth.
    The funds will be used for our youth-led project that builds skills for employability through collaboration between the US and Zambia.
    Learn more about our projects

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    We’re dedicated to promoting and creating legal and economic justice for all people using technology, but as a nonprofit, Institute relies on grant funding and donations from people like you to help us continue our work.

    Do you believe you have skills to contribute? If you’re skilled in web design, video editing, marketing, legal experience or are interested in learning these skills, get in touch with us with your resume and a cover letter!

    Are you interested in making a movement, a community around IBO’s work? Do you have experience hosting events and/or fundraisers? We want to meet you! Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and share the content to spread our vision.

    #IdentityForAll or #JusticeForAll
    #TechForJustice or #Tech4Justice