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, […]

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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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resonsible data open source intelligence osint

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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Girl Effect Girl Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines

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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responsible data leaks and whistleblowing

Responsible Data Leaks and Whistleblowing

Large data breaches and leaks now regularly affect even the most seemingly well-guarded organisations and institutions. Over the past five years, a higher volume of data has been released to the public than the previous 50 years put together. This wave of leaks and breaches means that media outlets, the public, and political systems need […]

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Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy
Published on: 20 Oct 2016
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Property-rights data: how open is open enough?

After months of joint-research with Open Knowledge International, Cadasta Foundation is excited to share a new set of ground-breaking resources clarifying the complex issues emerging at the intersection of open data and property rights. Property rights are a crucial but often-overlooked piece of the transparency and accountability puzzle. Strengthening property rights through the formal documentation […]

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Published on: 12 Sep 2016
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RDF IHRFG Follow-up

Data – or facts, statistics, and information – is everywhere in the work of the funder community, from grant proposals and reports to evaluations and communications. This data has huge potential to positively impact the work of donors and grantees, as well as the broader human rights community. However, for every potential benefit there are […]

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Published on: 19 Apr 2016
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A Year’s Reflection on Responsible Data

When I started at The Engine Room, I thought I knew what ‘responsible data’ meant. I was wrong.  Despite some communally developed definitions, I don’t think any of us really know what it is, what it means to other people, where the boundaries are, how it should affect our work, or the best ways to […]

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Published on: 18 Apr 2016
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The Release of “The Hand-Book of the Modern Development Specialist”

The Engine Room is excited to release new adaptations of the responsible development data book that we now fondly refer to as, “The Hand-Book of the Modern Development Specialist: Being a Complete Illustrated Guide to Responsible Data Usage, Manners & General Deportment.”

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Published on: 13 Apr 2016
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RDF @ IFF: Collaboratively tackling some responsible data challenges at the Internet Freedom Festival

We had a great time facilitating a session dedicated to sharing responsible data challenges and solutions at the Internet Freedom Festival earlier this month! We hosted this session to provide an opportunity for those working on responsible data challenges and questions to share their experiences and knowledge with peers. We also wanted to learn more […]

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Published on: 28 Mar 2016
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