When the Rubber Hits the Road: Making Responsible Data Choices

I spend a lot of time talking to people about how to use technology and data strategically to evolve their teams, supercharge their ideas, and experiment with new opportunities. In the course of these conversations, I ask questions to stretch out the space between idea and design decision, so we can explore the grey areas. […]

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Published on: 2 Jun
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Responsible data considerations for open source investigation in human rights

As the use of open source data in human rights research proliferates, new methods and increased availability of data are raising responsible data challenges. In advance of the Responsible Data Forum on Open Source Investigation for Human Rights, held in partnership with Meedan at the Stockholm Internet Forum on Tuesday, May 16, we compiled a list […]

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Published on: 16 May
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Announcing new research on Responsible Data implementation at Oxfam

In 2015, Oxfam was the first international NGO to develop a Responsible Data policy. Two years on, we looked into how Oxfam’s Responsible Data policy is being translated into practice. Read the report here Since adopting the Responsible Data policy, Oxfam has been working towards its implementation by developing practical resources and piloting the policy […]

Published on: 21 Apr
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Critical debates on quantitative human rights measures: an incomplete reading list

This post was written by Anita Gohdes, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the  Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. Since 2009, she has been a consultant for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG). Find her on Twitter @ARGohdes. Measuring human rights is hard. In many cases, perpetrators have an incentive […]

Published on: 10 Apr
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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 […]

Published on: 21 Dec 2016
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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. […]

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Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacyInformed consentPeople’s agency & ownership
Published on: 12 Dec 2016
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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, […]

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Published on: 28 Nov 2016
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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? […]

Published on: 21 Nov 2016
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Responsible Data Concerns with Open Source Intelligence

Open source intelligence (OSINT) is based on publicly available information, both offline and online. OSINT has proven itself to be extremely valuable in a wide range of industries, from business intelligence to investigative journalism and humanitarian relief. Corporations such as Goldman Sachs use publicly sourced market and political intelligence to identify risks, while international NGOs protect their […]

Published on: 14 Nov 2016
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Developing and operationalizing Responsible Data Policies

  A friend reminded me earlier this month at the MERL Tech Conference that a few years ago when we brought up the need for greater attention to privacy, security and ethics when using ICTs and digital data in humanitarian and development contexts, people pointed us to Tor, encryption and specialized apps. “No, no, that’s […]

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Published on: 31 Oct 2016
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