IFF has principally been viewed as a policy oriented organization. This is not without reason. Many of our early hires (including me) come from a legal background and our strategic litigations have had sizeable impact. This is more just to practical realities of availability of resources which as they have grown now includes specific staff on the community and communications roles (aint, @Shivani and @farkhanda just doing a stellar job?).
The intended vision as set out by the board and IFF’s charter has always been towards technology development and also policy interventions that proceed from a firm understanding of product architecture. While we have been successful in implementing the later relying on our trustees @aravind and @karthik, product development requires staff capacity and an organizational culture we are looking to grow in time. To begin this journey as we set out in the last quarterly call we are building two transparency and public advocacy projects (Zombie Tracker for Section 66A Cases in partnership with Civic Data Labs and Project Panoptic for Facial Recognition Projects with volunteers from DataKind, Bangalore).
At present we have regular interest expressed by a large number of developers to help out IFF. To plan this out better and a get a sense from our community, we want to ask you three questions:
What IFF can do right now?
How should IFF go about this? How do we work with tech side volunteers?
What should we plan for the future?
Do let us know, with thoughts both on tangible outputs as well as methods of working with a large number of developers who are indicating interest in volunteering for projects. We are open to models of contribution and creating work groups, specific offers to volunteer and also designing our medium to long term programme based on your feedback.
As a special request also looking forward to inputs from @rushabh