The Internet Bar Organization’s Internet Silk Road Initiative encompasses several research efforts aimed at harnessing mobile technologies for development goals. Our research has focused on mobile money, mobile GPS and multimedia, and mobile-radio integrations to promote access to finance, assist in resolving land and other civic disputes, and to improve access to legal knowledge respectively in Afghanistan. Click on the tabs below to learn more about each of our research areas.
The Internet Bar Organization’s (IBO) mission is to legally empower communities around the world using technology, communication, and innovative social and economic justice initiatives. With an emphasis on the internet and information communication technologies (ICTs) as tools of justice, IBO focuses its resources on the development and refinement of the content, structure, and delivery of the emerging eJustice system.
To achieve these objectives, IBO operates in two distinct, yet mutually reinforcing, components: the IBO Institute and IBO initiatives.
By creating and leading a dialogue, convening the foremost thinkers and innovators, and conducting proprietary research and programs on law and technology, the IBO Institute seeks to advance the scope and application of eJustice. The IBO Institute is dedicated to bringing high quality seminars, publications, and research to lawyers, businesses, ADR professionals, innovators, and government officials who are focused on integrating technology into their work to create greater efficiency, productivity, and access for clients and constituents.
IBO initiatives are on the ground applications of our mission. In addition to our Internet Silk Road Initiative, we run the PeaceTones Initiative, a fair trade music endeavor whereby we work with musicians in developing countries, educating them on protecting and selling their music across the world and using technology to bridge the information and access divide. Because of their unique ability to transcend socio-economic & cultural differences, and to speak to all the people of a community, we engage musicians, particularly in post-conflict and post-disaster communities, where Rule of Law and access to legal resources are particularly fragile. We teach them through workshops and continued mentorship, the legal, marketing and social justice aspects of being musicians in the twenty first century.
In all of our programs and initiatives, IBO is making technology work for justice.