The Responsible Data Forum is a collaborative effort to develop useful tools and strategies for dealing with the ethical, security and privacy challenges facing data-driven advocacy. RDF activities include organizing events; fostering discussion between communities; developing and testing concrete tools; disseminating useful information; and advocating for advocates and their supporters to improve the way they work with data.
The Forum is a collaboration between Amnesty InternationalAspiration, the engine room, Greenhost, HURIDOCSLeiden University’s Peace Innovation Lab, Open Knowledge and Ushahidi.

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Documentary photography and photojournalism

28 March 2015, New York

Human rights documentation

21-22 March 2015, Manila

Resource sprint

30 Sep - 1 Oct 2014, Budapest

Consent and crowdsourcing

28 Oct 2014, Nairobi

Responsibility and private sector data

24 July 2014, New York

Responsibility in hosting

19 May 2014, Amsterdam


Latest blog posts

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Checklists for verifying user-generated content
The Verification Handbook is a great resource for humanitarian responders and journalists who collect user-generated content (UGC) like photos or video during emergencies. In Chapter 9, Craig Silverman and Rina Tsubaki set out a step-by-step process to verify this kind of data. There's a quick summary below, but it's really worth going through the whole thing (whether it's an emergency or not):[...]
Archiving information responsibly: a collection of existing resources
Archiving information responsibly: a collection of existing resources
Archiving is a general term for the range of practices and decisions that support the long-term preservation, use, and accessibility of content with enduring value. It is not a one-time action, but is instead a process and an investment that connects directly to your projects' goals. Information is archived when it has enduring cultural, historical, or evidentiary value. Preserving information [...]
Report-back: Closed Roundtable on Organizational Responsible Data Policies
Report-back: Closed Roundtable on Organizational Responsible Data Policies
In March, the Responsible Data Forum and Oxfam GB coordinated a closed roundtable for organizations developing and implementing organizational responsible data policies. The group was carefully chosen to include people who have been advocating and leading thought on responsible data issues within their organizations. Participants primarily represented large multinational organizations working i[...]
Icons to help you talk about privacy
Icons to help you talk about privacy
Icons can help communicate complex ideas around privacy and surveillance in a visual way. There are several resources that you might find helpful: Jessica Klein has created a set of Privacy Icons (or Privicons), free for re-use under a Creative Commons licence. The Noun Project is also a great source of Creative Commons-licensed icons - check out the Surveillance collection, or search for priva[...]

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Resources

Below is a collection of responsible data resources that have been prototyped at Forums and are currently under development. Each resource is presented here with a short description and a link to its home on a wiki, on github or elsewhere. Additional resources produced by others are available on the resources page. Get in touch with the resource focal point if you'd like to contribute or to stress test.

Responsible humanitarian and disaster response project lifecycle

Data Risk Checker

Tools for Online Collaboration

Newbie Guide on Selecting Hosting Providers

Why Should My NGO Care About Responsible Data?

Responsible Data Visualisation

Messaging Matrix to Advocate for Responsible Data

Ways to Practise Responsible Development Data

Developing Consent Policies

Data & Marginalized Communities: Questions to Ask Frequently

Atomized Security Plan for Organizations

Resource Creator Manifesto

Primer on Responsible Data in Development

De-Identification Suggestions

Data in the Project Lifecycle

Designing Responsible SMS Reporting Systems

Should my website have SSL?