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.

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


Latest blog posts

Questions on how to collect monitoring and evaluation data responsibly
Questions on how to collect monitoring and evaluation data responsibly
When collecting data to monitor projects, is there a need to push back and be more thoughtful about our approach?  Amy O'Donnell of RDF partner organization Oxfam on the recent London TechSalon on using ICTs for monitoring, evaluation and learning: Some participants shared that monitoring, evaluation and learning can often be “funder focused” as there are requirements for organisations to present[...]
New Responsible Data Program Manager at the engine room
New Responsible Data Program Manager at the engine room
We’re thrilled to announce that Danna Ingleton will be joining the engine room team to manage our responsible data program from June 1, 2015. This will involve supporting the collaborative work of partners in the Responsible Data Forum, as well as direct support to advocacy initiatives and direct advocacy for more responsible data practices in the general support community. Danna will be lea[...]
Responsible Data Forum on Human Rights Documentation
Responsible Data Forum on Human Rights Documentation
On March 21-22, I joined about 30 people from all over the world for Responsible Data Forum (RDF) Manila, an event coordinated by HURIDOCS, Benetech, Amnesty International, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and the engine room. This incredible group included community activists (focused on human trafficking, gender violence, elections monitoring, and more), large international human rig[...]
DataKind's approach to addressing responsible data issues for the Citizens Advice Bureau project
DataKind's approach to addressing responsible data issues for the Citizens Advice Bureau project
Datakind and Citizens Advice Bureau (a British organisation that gives advice to citizens about their rights) recently collaborated on a project to make better use of the CAB's data, finding that: Getting the most out of data without compromising confidentiality and privacy is tricky. It presents some genuinely difficult judgments as organisations weigh the risks and benefits, and is an area wher[...]

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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

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?