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Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge (WCTC)

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge rewards innovative science and technology solutions that tackle specific wildlife trafficking issues.

USAID, in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC, launched the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge to reward innovative science and technology solutions that help combat wildlife trafficking. A number of factors have spurred a sharp increase in the illegal wildlife trade in recent years, and there is growing consensus that traditional models of conservation are no longer sufficient to protect biodiversity and preserve ecosystems. The Challenge focuses on four issues in the fight against wildlife trafficking: detecting transit routes, strengthening forensic evidence and data sharing, reducing consumer demand, and tackling corruption. Following the selection of Winners, the Challenge Team intended to create a community among innovators, users, and the public that collaborates on further innovation and technology scaling. By harnessing the power of science and technology, the Challenge hopes to overcome key barriers in the fight against wildlife trafficking.

Through the Challenge, USAID is supporting one the National Whistleblower Center to address corruption through the development a global platform that allows individuals to safely and anonymously file reports of wildlife crimes. This solution seeks to create a computer system to permit whistleblowers to safely communicate their allegations to appropriate authorities. This technological solution would address a number of complex programming issues, including maximum online security, a mechanism to take in claims anonymously and track them, and the ability to have rapid, multilingual online presentations, especially geared toward the language that local sources will speak.

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Timeframe: Jun. 30, 2015 - Sep. 01, 2016
Project Status: Completed
Contact: Alicia Grimes
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Thematic Focus: Transparency
Geographic Areas: Global
Activity Type: Project
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