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


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Oxfam confirmed as RDF partner
Oxfam confirmed as RDF partner
As Oxfam publishes our Responsible Data Policy, today we are also proud to announce Oxfam’s commitment to being an official Responsible Data Forum (RDF) partner. Here, I share how being part of the RDF and related discussions impacted the journey to get to our new policy and to develop support for staff. You can read more about how the policy came about here. Joining the RDF Forum in Budapest l[...]
Discussion on the risks and mitigations of releasing data
Discussion on the risks and mitigations of releasing data
Join us  Wednesday, August 26 at 10am EDT to discuss the risks and mitigations of releasing data. Sara-Jayne Terp, Data Scientist at Thoughtworks, and formerly Director of Data Projects at Ushahidi, will serve as the fire-starter and facilitator for this discussion. This discussion is part of a series on de-identification. Our first discussion was an introduction for advocacy organisations with[...]
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New project: Responsible Data Reflection Stories
Through the various Responsible Data Forum events over the past year, we’ve heard many anecdotes of responsible data challenges faced by people or organizations. These include potentially harmful data management practices, situations where people have experienced gut feelings that there is potential for harm, or workarounds that people have created to avoid those situations. But we feel that tr[...]
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Reporting back from the RDF on Human Rights Documentation
In late March, a number of members and affiliates of the ESCR-Net Working Group on Monitoring Methods participated in the Responsible Data Forum on Human Rights Documentation in Manila. CESR was one of the co-organizers of the Forum, along with the engine room, HURIDOCS, Benetech, and Amnesty International. Molly Land from the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut (USA), France[...]

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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 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?