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 Informatics Lab, Open Knowledge and Ushahidi.

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Human Rights Documentation

29 March 2016, San Francisco

Responsible Data For Human Rights Funders

19 January 2016, San Francisco

Data Visualization

15 January 2016, New York

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

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Responsible Data Leaks and Whistleblowing
Responsible Data Leaks and Whistleblowing
Large data breaches and leaks now regularly affect even the most seemingly well-guarded organisations and institutions. Over the past five years, a higher volume of data has been released to the public than the previous 50 years put together. This wave of leaks and breaches means that media outlets, the public, and political systems need to decide how best to serve the public interest when[...]
Property-rights data: how open is open enough?
Property-rights data: how open is open enough?
After months of joint-research with Open Knowledge International, Cadasta Foundation is excited to share a new set of ground-breaking resources clarifying the complex issues emerging at the intersection of open data and property rights. Property rights are a crucial but often-overlooked piece of the transparency and accountability puzzle. Strengthening property rights through the formal documen[...]
RDF IHRFG Follow-up
RDF IHRFG Follow-up
Data – or facts, statistics, and information – is everywhere in the work of the funder community, from grant proposals and reports to evaluations and communications. This data has huge potential to positively impact the work of donors and grantees, as well as the broader human rights community. However, for every potential benefit there are potential risks and harms that must be considered[...]
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A Year’s Reflection on Responsible Data
When I started at The Engine Room, I thought I knew what ‘responsible data’ meant. I was wrong.  Despite some communally developed definitions, I don’t think any of us really know what it is, what it means to other people, where the boundaries are, how it should affect our work, or the best ways to talk about it. My take-home message is this: responsible data issues are not new. We – the so[...]

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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.

The Data Visualization Style Guide Collection

The Big Data Framework

Holistic Information Security for Human Rights Documentation

Introducing New Tech Into A Low Tech Environment

Summaries and recordings of discussion mini-series on de-identifying data

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

RD Book: Shooting your hard drive into space

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?