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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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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Session on 'Opening data, protecting privacy' at the International Open Data Conference
Javier Ruiz's session at the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa looked at open data privacy principles, risks to be aware of, and strategies to ensure the privacy risks of open data are well managed. The full notes are thorough and well worth reading, but some particular highlights included: an edited version of the Sunlight Foundation's list of open data impact case studies, with[...]
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New research on encryption restrictions that human rights organizations should know about, but often don't
As we all race to better understand encryption technologies so that we can communicate safely between ourselves and our partners, we don’t often stop to fully understand the restrictions that some countries are placing on these technologies. We often fail to question the implications of these restrictions – from criminalising communications, to the quieting effect such legislation can have on civi[...]

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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

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?