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In February 2011 Mohammed Nabbous started live-streaming events in Benghazi, Libya. Immediately an online community sprung up around his Libya Al Hurra channel. As of this seminal moment, a constellation of other small trusted networks were created. These clusters harnessed online activism, vetted newcomers, responded to grass roots demands, fact-checked open source intel and mutually reinforced their actions. Danaïdes.org co-founder, Stephanie Lamy created some of these active networks, coordinated between them and acted as a resource, relationship and information broker. These networks were featured in a 2012 MIT Tech Review article.

Dr. Félix Blanc and Stephanie Lamy met in 2013 at Internet Without Borders. Previously, Félix had researched french citizen engagement around military operations, whereas Stephanie had just developed a new methodology for delivering resources to civil society in conflict zones including Libya. They naturally co-founded Danaïdes.org in 2017 and  presented the P2PR2P tool for the first time at the 2017 Euro-ISME conference in Brussels. The concept was credited by humanitarians as well as CIMIC actors as fulfilling a current and urgent need. The International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) is the leading organisation of scientists, academics and military professionals engaged in research as well as education and training in the field of professional military ethics.

 

 

In 2018 Danaïdes.org onboarded a chief of technology, Prof. Richard Brooks, as well an adviser on Institutional relations, Dr. Cynthia Salloum. Dr. Félix Blanc and Pr. Richard Brooks have both extensively trained journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa with Internet Without Borders.

In April 2016, they completed a four-year project sponsored by the U. S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, whose goal was to promote online freedom of expression by West African activists. To this end, they implemented a distributed proxy network and held annual training sessions to counter Internet censorship and surveillance.

Moreover, information warfare has become a key component of asymmetrical conflicts. Both founders of Danaïdes.org, Dr. Félix Blanc and Stephanie Lamy are experts in information warfare (respectively in the material, logical and cognitive layers of the information space).  Danaïdes.org technologies embodies their combined expertise of leveraging civil society initiatives, during armed conflicts, on and off zone.

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”
― Elie Wiesel