Indigenous peoples and responsible data: an introductory reading list

Last month, a member of the Responsible Data community asked the mailing list about responsible data protocols for indigenous communities. This prompted the community to share what turned out to be a wealth of resources. We’ve collected them all below. Together, they offer an introduction to the topic of responsible data protocols for indigenous communities. […]

Published on: 22 Sep
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Measuring what Matters (Human Rights) and doing it responsibly

This post was written by Anne-Marie Brook, co-founder of the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI). Currently, HRMI is accepting nominations for countries to participate in their pilot project; nominations close Friday, September 15. If you’d like to find out how to submit a nomination, or share your ideas more generally, email Anne-Marie at If […]

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Published on: 5 Sep
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How we are redesigning

As you might have heard by now, we are redesigning, the website for the responsible data community! The redesign is funded by Stanford’s Philanthropy and Civil Society team, who brought together the Good Data Collaborative – including SIMLab, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Future of Privacy Forum – to identify gaps […]

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Issue areas: People’s agency & ownership
Published on: 4 Aug
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Digital identification systems: responsible data challenges and opportunities

Last week, I had the pleasure of being part of the Ethics and Risks working group at the 2017 ID2020 Platform for Change Summit. This event focused on issues faced by people living without recognised identification, and brought together multiple stakeholders, public and private, to discuss these challenges. Through the working group, we discussed challenges, […]

Published on: 5 Jul
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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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