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 […]
Information and data are an increasingly important part of advocacy work, but they can also put communities and activists at risk if not managed carefully and responsibly. These resources will help you think through what (if any) data you need; where it will come from; and how to get it in a way that ensures it is reliable, credible and useful.
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 […]
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 […]
Nine structured stories on the unforeseen challenges and (sometimes) negative consequences of using technology and data in advocacy.
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 […]
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 […]
When collecting data to monitor projects, is there a need to push back and be more thoughtful about our approach? Amy O’Donnell of RDF partner organization Oxfam on the recent London TechSalon on using ICTs for monitoring, evaluation and learning: Some participants shared that monitoring, evaluation and learning can often be “funder focused” as there are requirements for organisations to present impact […]
Beatrice Martini on the ‘Ethics of Algorithms’ event in Berlin on 9-10 March: ‘Using data scraped by years worth of crime reports, algorithms can identify areas with high probabilities for certain types of crime and groups likely to commit them. This practice can help the work of law enforcement agencies, but it’s of course also raising concerns about […]
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.