For most of my career, I have worked with sex workers, people who use drugs, and transgender people around the world, primarily in Asia, Africa, and the United States. My experience gives me keen insight into ways information and data can be helpful for NGOs. But I’ve also seen the ways information about people can […]
Keeping data about people requires responsibility. These resources will you help you find the appropriate approach to keeping your data safe and useful for when you need it – and deleted or archived when you don’t.
Icons can help communicate complex ideas around privacy and surveillance in a visual way. There are several resources that you might find helpful: Jessica Klein has created a set of Privacy Icons (or Privicons), free for re-use under a Creative Commons licence. The Noun Project is also a great source of Creative Commons-licensed icons – check out the Surveillance collection, or search for privacy. OpenITP […]
Datakind UK 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 […]
Amy O’Donnell from RDF partner organisation Oxfam led a session on the Ethical Treatment of Data in New Digital Landscapes at the Oxford Internet Institute in February. Terence Eden blogged about the event here, raising questions including what could happen if a person decides to withdraw their data from a research project: [Withdrawal is] a sensible […]
Zara Rahman on challenges in publishing and using data from the International Aid Transparency Index (IATI), and some ways of dealing with them: (These are slides from Zara’s talk at the Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response meeting in The Hague in late February.)
When you’re planning a project, it can be difficult to know which organisations or people could access or affect your data. The book Ways to Practise Responsible Development Data book (from page 61 onwards) has more detail on which legislation might affect projects, and what kind of questions to ask. But how do you know if governments are demanding data that you or people have stored on […]
The Online News Association’s Build Your Own Ethics Code project, created by about 20 volunteer writers and editors, is designed to provide raw materials to help news organisations, startups, individual journalists and bloggers create their own ethics codes.
Widely-held Opinion (to which I subscribe): There is a huge amount of potential power to be unlocked in non-profits using technology in their quest for positive change in the world.
We were excited to take part in an event in late February on ‘Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response’, which aimed to better understand how humanitarian organisations can collect and manage data in a way that respects individuals’ rights to consent, privacy, security and ownership
Citizen Lab and Collin Anderson’s joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression highlights the developing digital security threats faced by civil society organisations: ‘Even when Western governments are aware of active digital espionage operations conducted by foreign governments against civil society, they may not attempt to intervene or notify the victims—and […]