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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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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De-identifying data: an introduction for advocacy organisations (a summary of the discussion)
On Friday, June 19, 2015 we hosted an online discussion on de-identification and anonymization. This discussion was led by Mark Elliot of Manchester University and the UK Anonymisation Network and was attended by a range of practitioners and academics from international and national institutions and organisations. Mark’s presentation helpfully covered some of the basics of the anonymization dis[...]
Emerging Responsible Data Questions for Human Rights and Human Security
Emerging Responsible Data Questions for Human Rights and Human Security
For some years now, we have seen a number of opportunities and challenges emerging around data-driven applications in the humanitarian, crisis response, and international development fields. During the height of the recent Ebola crisis, there were calls to release mobile phone records to track the outbreak. On the ground, first responders were collecting personally identifiable information on indi[...]

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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 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?