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NNEDV Staff and Presenters at Tech Summit 2019

NNEDV Staff and Presenters at Tech Summit 2019

Tech Summit 2019 was a blast from the past. With the 1980’s as the guiding theme, this year’s conference centered the week on building on the past to enhance the future. We used the art of storytelling to remind programs about how powerful survivor stories are, while honoring their right to choose, when, how, and with whom they share their stories.

 While a lot has changed with how we engage with technology much still remains the same. This year, as a theme, we decided to go retro and brought in elements from the ‘80’s to incorporate a fun vibe to the conference while maintaining the core tenets of tech safety. Below are some highlights from the 2019 Technology Summit:

1. “My Story, My Choice”: Storytelling was a resonating theme throughout the course of the conference. Survivor Ferial Nijiem, shared her impactful and prevailing story of the abuse she experienced that included the misuse of smart home technology . Ferial’s call to action to advocates, law enforcement, and other criminal justice professionals was simply put: “Believe survivors, even when their story sounds hard to believe!” If we start by believing, we can ensure that survivors are heard and that they receive the resources and support they deserve, especially when technology is involved.

2.“Jane Stop This Crazy Thing”: This year marked the 7th Technology Summit, all following 10 years of annual Training of Trainers conferences. The team endeavored to provide foundational information rooted in the history of advocacy, while updating materials to reflect the changing of times and technology. The Safety Net Team worked hard to revise our fundamental and foundational content in order to present it in a thoughtful way for new and returning attendees. We provided new and interesting resources, while challenging attendees to remember that technology will never replace good old-fashioned advocacy.

 3. “Time After Time”: Each year we bring in expert presenters from throughout the country to share their knowledge on tech-facilitated abuse. Law enforcement, court officials, and advocates learned about new models, skills, and techniques that they could implement to support survivors in their home state, territory, or tribal community. From deepfakes to the gig economy, HUD comparable databases to developing a community-based tech clinic, and so much more, our presenters provided relevant and useful information on working with survivors who are experiencing tech misuse.

Time after time, the presenters who participate in our tech summit, show their passion and dedication to this work, and we could not provide this conference without their expertise.  

4. “Flashdance: What a Feeling!”: Day one of the conference opened strong with our welcome reception. Attendees had the opportunity to network, visit opt-out stations to remove their data from websites, take a Polaroid picture, and play 80’s themed arcade games while listening to throwback jams.

Our closed-door Women of Color Reception provided space for allied professionals to discuss how digital storytelling has and can be integral to our healing journey. Participants discussed how traditional forms of storytelling has now transformed to digital platforms and methods. Finding your voice and sharing your story are substantial forms of healing and while doing so, it is important to practice self-care.

Furthermore, feelings of excitement and anticipation were in the air as we announced that Tech Summit 2020 will be held in Washington, DC! Bringing this conference home next year will allow more professionals on the east coast to gain access to this important information and allow mid-west and west coast attendees to visit the Nation’s Capital. Stay tuned for call for proposals, updates and more!

Tech Summit is one of the biggest undertakings of the Safety Net Team and it would not be as large and successful without the attendees, presenters, funders, and staff who make it all possible. Thank you all.

Read about our 2019 sessions and more in our Program Book.

Until 2020, Cowabunga Dude!

The Safety Net Team

Confidentiality Conference Registration is Open!

Advocates are saying:

“Some survivors don’t reach out because they’re worried about mandated reporting requirements. This gets in the way of us being able to help.”

“What if no one on staff speaks the survivor’s language? How do we find a translator they feel safe with? And what agreements should be in place to protect victims’ privacy?”

“We get pressure from our community partners to share victim information. When we don’t, they get frustrated and that makes collaboration difficult.”

“We don’t have a policy for how to handle confidentiality obligations if there’s an emergency at our shelter.”

Is your agency facing similar difficulties?

Mark your calendar and join us September 9th & 10th in Atlanta, GA for the 2019 National Confidentiality Conference – Strictly Confidential: Protecting Survivor Privacy in Federally Funded Programs!

This training, provided by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and The Confidentiality Institute will help you, as victim service providers, navigate complex federal confidentiality obligations, through in-depth analysis, peer sharing, and scenario problem solving. Participants will explore the many layers of privacy, confidentiality obligations, and technology in a tangible way. Learn how to implement best practices related to privacy and confidentiality while providing survivor-centered services, and how to build strategic relationships with community partners, while respecting your information sharing limitations.

The conference will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Mandated reporting

  • Community collaborations

  • Upholding confidentiality in emergency situations

  • Navigating language access and confidentiality

  • Handling official third party demands for survivor information

  • Selecting and using databases

  • Agency use of technology

  • Implementing survivor-centered best practices

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of these issues and will be given resources and tools to better serve survivors. Click this link for a copy of the full agenda.

Can’t wait to see you there!

This conference is OVW approved.

Please contact us with any questions. 

 

Technology Summit 2016 Registration Open

Registration for the 4th Annual Technology Summit is now open! Please join us for an exciting 3-day conference centering on the intersection of technology and domestic violence. Covering a wide range of technology-related issues that will be helpful to advocates, law enforcement, and legal professionals who work with survivors of abuse. National experts on these issues will be presenting, sharing their knowledge and expertise. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dates & Location

The summit will be held at the Hilton Financial District in San Francisco, CA near Chinatown from July 25-27, 2016. On July 28, 2016, we will hold an exclusive day-long meeting, which is open only for NNEDV state coalition members and tech advocates.

OVW Approval

We are happy to share that OVW has approved the following grantees to use their training travel funds to attend Safety Net’s Technology Summit.

Grantees from the OVW's Campus, CLASSP, Disabilities, LAV, Rural, State Coalition, and Underserved Grant Programs have been conditionally approved to attend this conference. Grantees from the aforementioned programs are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Grantees from Transitional Housing, Justice for Families, Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence (formerly the Arrest Program) and STOP programs may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact OVW for prior approval.  STOP sub grantees need approval from their STOP State Administrator.  Grantees that are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number.

The reference number for this conference is OVW-2016-MU-007. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file.” This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.   

Cost for Attending

The registration fee includes full access to all training sessions, light receptions, and related events as well as continental breakfast (lunch and dinner is not included).   

Early Bird Registration: $400

Standard Registration: $475

Registration

Please register to attend by clicking this link.

Check out last year’s program book for more information! 

Technology Summit 2015 Agenda & Events

Tech Summit 2015 Welcome Image

We're so excited to welcome attendees to our 3rd Annual Technology Summit next week in San Francisco! If you're joining us, we can't wait to meet you! If you're not joining us, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to see what we're up to. Take a look at the program book to see what's going on.

This year, we have much to discuss in the world of technology, privacy, and survivor safety. 
Earlier this year, in Elonis v. the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the conviction of Anthony Elonis, who posted threats (which he called rap lyrics) against his ex-wife on Facebook. Elonis had been convicted under the standard that a “reasonable person” would have viewed the posts as real threats. However, the Court said that something more is required, without specifying exactly what, so it is unclear how that decision will impact future cases involving online threats.

Despite our disappointment with that decision, the issue of sharing or distributing intimate images without consent (aka “revenge porn”) has seen a lot of movement. In fact, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Google have updated their policies to include banning non-consensual pornography on their sites. Currently, a federal bill addressing this issue is being discussed and debated.

For victim service programs, selecting effective technologies to support their services, using technology to reach survivors, and finding ways to hold offenders accountable for their crimes continue to be core topics. Privacy, security, safety, and survivor empowerment are part and parcel of those issues, making these very complex discussions.

We hope that by the end of the Summit, we will all leave with more tools and ideas as well as more questions and thoughts about what we can do to help survivors find safety and healing while working toward a world where violence against all people no longer exists.

If you're not able to join us, follow along on social media (#techsummit15 and #TS15QA)!

Early Bird Registration Extended

We have great news! We are extending the deadline for early registration to Monday, June 29th. Early bird registration is $375 and will go up to the standard rate of $475 on June 30th. Take advantage of this extension and get $100 off your registration!

Register to attend the 2015 Technology Summit

Also, don't forget that if you're an OVW grantee, some OVW grantees have been approved to use their training travel funds to attend the Summit. More information about using your OVW funds to attend is here.

For the most up-to-date information about the Technology Summit, go to this page

We look forward to seeing you in July!
 

10 Steps to a More Secure Password

Today is World Password Day, and a reminder that you should change your password. Passwords are used for almost everything we do these days because, without a password, anyone can get into all your stuff: your phone, email, bank account, social media, etc. 

Here are some tips on how to create a secure password:

  1. Pick a password that will be hard for someone else to guess.
  2. Use different passwords for different accounts.
  3. Best passwords are longer than 8 characters and contain numbers and symbols.
  4. Keep your passwords simple, so you can remember it. 
  5. Share your password with no one. 
  6. Use 2-step verification/authentication (where you use your password as well as a code that's sent to your phone or email). 
  7. Uncheck the “remember me” or “keep me logged in” feature. 
  8. Always remember to log off. 
  9. Change your password often (today, for instance, on World Password Day!).
  10. Be strategic with secret questions and answers.

For more explanation on these tips, check out our handout on Password: Simple Ways to Increase Your Security.  

Technology Summit 2015 Registration Now Open

Registration for the 3rd Annual Technology Summit is now open! Join us for unique 3-day training focusing on the various complex issues and concerns that come from the intersection of technology and intimate partner violence. National experts on these issues will be presenting, sharing their knowledge and expertise. This summit is open to service professionals working with victims of domestic & sexual violence, stalking, and trafficking. 

Dates & Location

The summit will be held in San Francisco, CA near Chinatown from July 27-29, 2015. (On July 30, 2015, we will hold an exclusive day-long meeting, which is open only for NNEDV state coalition members and tech advocates.)

Cost for Attending

The registration fee includes full access to all training sessions, receptions, and related events, as well as breakfast and afternoon snacks (lunch and dinner is not included). Take advantage of the early bird registration fee by registering before June 1, 2015. 

Early Bird Registration: $375

Standard Registration: $475

Registration

Please register to attend by clicking this link

Submit a Proposal

For the first time, we are soliciting workshop proposals. We are looking for sessions that will provide tools and information to respond to technology abuse, enhance services for survivors of abuse, and hold offenders accountable. 

For more information, read more here. You can submit a proposal through this link