Social Justice 2.0: Using Technology to create Access to Justice

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Social Justice 2.0:

Using Technology
to create

Access to Justice

Kirsten Wurmann and Vincent Chu

Legal Resource Centre of Alberta

Netspeed October 24, 2008

What will we be talking about?



The Need for Public Legal Education



The Legal Resource Centre as Public
Legal Education organization



Using Technologies to help meet the Need

Pervasiveness of the Law

The Need

“She said she is capable
of shovelling her walk,
but wouldn't be bullied
into doing it and would
rather go to jail than
comply with what she
considers a bad bylaw.”


The Canadian
Charter of Rights
and Freedoms

begins with...




“Whereas Canada is founded

upon principles that


recognize the supremacy of

[…] the
Rule of Law




ensures that the public understands
and supports the rule of law,


makes effective use of the justice
system,


and engages effectively in ensuring
that the system meets the changing
needs of society.


Public Legal Education (PLE)

The Need





Meeting the
Need

Access to
information about the
laws and legal
processes should be
the right of everyone
in a free society

(Good fit for a librarian!!)



The Internet is one of the most
significant forces of change in
the approach of Public Legal
Education by its ability to
remove barriers between the
public and the law.


New Technologies

Meeting the
Need

Legal Resource Centre

Access to Justice Network (ACJNet)

Canada’s connection to the world of

law and justice

It’s not all fancy bells and whistles

1. Informational
approach

2. Situational approach

3. Interactive narrative

It’s not all fancy bells and whistles

“Life Events”

It’s not all fancy bells and whistles

Fan Page

Making Connections

Easy Tools

Facebook

RSS Feeds

Email Newsletters


Still Pretty Easy Tools


Still Pretty Easy Tools

Online Surveys

“Vincent” Tools

Wiki

Wikis


MediaWiki


OpenSource: Free as in Speech


Gratis vs. Libre


Zero Cost


Extendible


Customizable


Ample Free Help


Wiki Installation


Wiki Installation


Wiki Installation


Wikipedia


Wiki Mark
-
up


Wiki Community


Wiki
-
Extensions


Why Wiki?


Why Wiki?


Why Wiki?


“Vincent” Tools

Google Analytics

Implementation


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Google Analytics: Pros


It’s free as in Beer


It’s very detailed


Easy to make very impressive charts and
graphs


Easy to use and implement


Don’t depend on analyzing web logs

Google Analytics: Cons


A third party holds your data


It’s Free as in beer, not free as in speech


You can’t analyze old Web Logs


Not as detailed as some of more
expansive paid web analytics

“Vincent” Tools

Drupal

Drupal

Drupal


Robust platform


Extensible


Community support


Free as in speech


MySQL and PHP


Easy to install

Other Tools


Tech Soup


Other Tools
-

Moodle


Other Tools


Other Tools


Other Tools


Media Encoder


Other Tools


Media Encoder

Choose the Best Tool


Sourceforge.net (free as in speech)


Techsoup.org (almost free as in beer)


mediawiki.org


google.com/analytics


drupal.org


legalresourcecentre.ca


the interest, knowledge, and participation of
everyone, not just legal experts, is essential in
determining the kind of law and justice society
wants;




everyone should have access to accurate law
-
related information that affects their daily lives;



education is a means of facilitating social
transformation.


Our Purpose


Questions?



Thank you!


kwurmann@ualberta.ca


info.lrc@ualberta.ca