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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Looking back at 2016 in the Responsible Data community
Looking back at 2016 in the Responsible Data community
As the year draws to an end, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the Responsible Data community, and to take a closer look at all the amazing things that its members have accomplished together this year. Thanks to the Responsible Data community, 2016 has been the year of stimulating dialogue, practical challenges in all sorts of ways, and policy design. The Responsible Data community contin[...]
Social media intelligence, the wayward child of open source intelligence
Social media intelligence, the wayward child of open source intelligence
Would you mind if, every time you post a comment on Twitter, Facebook or another social media platform, the police logged it? I mean, it's public - surely it's fair game? If you think that’s OK, then maybe it's also OK for a police officer to follow you when you walk down a busy street. That's also public, right? Clearly, definitions of public and private become very problematic when[...]
Responsible Data and Project Design
Responsible Data and Project Design
Every year hundreds of people come together for the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) in Development Tech Conference. The MERL Tech Conference – this year hosted in Washington, D.C.— brings together practitioners, from a number of international development sectors, to exchange ideas on innovative ways to use technology to collect, analyze, and use data. My colleague,[...]
Dangerous Data: the role of data collection in genocides
Dangerous Data: the role of data collection in genocides
One way of working out if the data you’re gathering is particularly sensitive is to do a thought experiment: what would happen if this data got into the hands of a malicious actor? Who would be keen to get their hands on it? What are the worst things that they could do with this data? Sometimes, though, it can be hard to put yourself in the shoes of your enemies, or to envision potential fu[...]

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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.

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?