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, HURIDOCSSchool of Data and Ushahidi.

AllPast eventsUpcoming events

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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Respecting privacy when publishing data from police departments and freedom of information requests
Alice Brennan, Fidel Martinez and Susan McGregor on dealing with data from the police, lawsuits and freedom of information requests in a way that respects privacy, with examples, at SXSW: Transforming and linking public records from Miami Gardens reveals public harassment: over half the population had been stopped and frisked. ...Much of the story’s power comes from the concentration and locat[...]
Using companies' transparency reports to understand threats to your data
Using companies' transparency reports to understand threats to your data
When you're planning a project, it can be difficult to know which organisations or people could access or affect your data. The book Ways to Practise Responsible Development Data book (from page 61 onwards) has more detail on which legislation might affect projects, and what kind of questions to ask. But how do you know if governments are demanding data that you or people have stored on third-p[...]
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Beatrice Martini: Emerging questions on the ethics of algorithms
Beatrice Martini on the 'Ethics of Algorithms' event in Berlin on 9-10 March: 'Using data scraped by years worth of crime reports, algorithms can identify areas with high probabilities for certain types of crime and groups likely to commit them. This practice can help the work of law enforcement agencies, but it’s of course also raising concerns about privacy, surveillance and how much power shou[...]
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Who's responsible for checking how data is de-identified?
Arvind Narayanan, Joanna Huey and Ed Felten have published a paper on the potential for large datasets to be used to identify individuals.They argue that groups releasing data should 'stop relying on [ad hoc de-identification methods] a sufficient privacy protection on its own' because this makes it impossible to know whether people might be identified through data analysis. What's their s[...]

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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?