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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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

Consent and crowdsourcing

28 Oct 2014, Nairobi

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Summary of the RDF working session on developing a data-deposit decision-making framework
How can we share and open data while respecting the privacy of those whom data is about? What policies and procedures should organisations  have in place to guide staff on good practice? On November 19, we set out to discuss this question through an RDF working session on developing a data-deposit decision-making framework with Oxfam. This working session was an opportunity for practitioners to sh[...]
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Summary of our discussion on k-anonymity and other de-identification frameworks
On November 6, we hosted a third RDF online discussion in our de-identifying data discussion series. This discussion was an introduction to k-anonymity and other de-identification frameworks and techniques with Max Shron, founder of Polynumeral. Earlier discussions in the de-identification series introduced us to context, concept and background of de-identification and how it relates to social [...]
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Data in development, human rights and HIV/AIDS
For most of my career, I have worked with sex workers, people who use drugs, and transgender people around the world, primarily in Asia, Africa, and the United States. My experience gives me keen insight into ways information and data can be helpful for NGOs. But I’ve also seen the ways information about people can be used to harm them, especially people who do things that might be criminalized or[...]
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Summary of our discussion on the risks and mitigations of releasing data
On August 26th we held our second online discussion on de-identification and anonymization - this time with the formidable data scientist Sara-Jayne Terp at the helm of the discussion. The focus of this discussion was ‘Risks & Mitigations of Releasing Data’ and this blog post is a summary of what was discussed. Our fire-starter shared her experience... Sara-Jayne started us out with a presen[...]

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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.

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

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?