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Secretary Clinton announced the Civil Society 2.0 initiative in November, 2009 from Marrakesh, Morocco, to assist non-governmental and civil society organizations in using new digital tools and technologies to increase the reach and impact of their work.

Within the framework of Secretary Clinton’s Civil Society 2.0 initiative, the Department of State is convening technologists and civil society leaders from around the Americas for a new type of workshop: a one-day TechCamp in Santiago, Chile on November 20, 2010.

TechCamp Santiago convenes select technology experts and civil society leaders from around the Americas to identify and implement improvements. Goals of the program include increasing regional civil society organizations’ digital literacy, sharing information, building networks and matchmaking like minded individuals to organizations. By expanding capacity overall through the digital sphere, organizations will be able to work more efficiently toward their goals.

Global and regional technology and social media experts will work together with regional civil society representatives to determine specific need and build practical applications on the following themes:

-- promoting social and economic opportunity;
-- ensuring the safety of our citizens;
-- strengthening effective institutions of democratic governance;
-- and addressing the challenges of energy security and climate change.

The issues identified during TechCamp Chile will be fed into the Global Random Hacks of Kindness event taking place online on December 4th and 5th. The combination of TechCamp training and Random Hacks programming will allow technology volunteers from around the world to assist in developing solutions for the civil society organizations in attendance in Santiago.

The US State Department is partnering with Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) to hold TechCamp Santiago. PdF is a cross-partisan organization focused on how technology is changing politics. State is working with PdF for its expertise in this space, and to leverage the presence of the leaders and experienced practitioners from the U.S. and Latin America who will already be in attendance for the PdF gathering from November 18 - 19.



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