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.
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 Responsible Data Lab on documentary photography and photojournalism on 28 March approaches, we’ve been exploring relevant resources and tactics.
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
This paper from BMC Medical Ethics discusses ethical concerns of researchers using photography in countries including Nepal, Malawi, Gambia, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Zambia and Peru: Obtaining full informed consent was considered the biggest challenge to “ethical photography”. The meaning of informed consent seemed to vary from a relaxed interpretation to full disclosure of risks and […]
A code of conduct for digital crowd-sourcing projects in the humanitarian, development and human rights spaces, setting out a list of things that any organization that launches a digital crowdsourcing project must and should do.
This is a guide to planning the various stages of a project involving data, with sections for people starting out on a project or those already halfway through an initiative. In particular, check out the sections on closing a project successfully, including designing projects with a finite lifespan and enforcing a definitive ‘hands-off’ date (p.8). Where this […]
The Transformative Storytelling for Social Change project is an online handbook for organisations that use visual storytelling methods in advocacy, which includes a section on how to record stories ethically.
This guide is designed to complement existing publications that detail how to do data collection, supplementing it by incorporating protection considerations.
Professional standards for protection work carried out by human rights and humanitarian actors in armed conflict
The Professional Standards for Protection Work are a set of minimum standards for humanitarian and human rights actors who engage in protection work, below which organizations are advised not to implement protection activities.
This paper summarizes risks associated with different types of mobile projects (p.7) and sets out five principles when designing projects (followed by specific action points that will help you to achieve them):