This year, we’re excited to be kicking off two new projects looking at the options, opportunities and challenges facing human rights documentation initiatives when it comes to using data and technology.
Identity, anonymity & privacy
Data can have real consequences for real people, and often these consequences are as unintended as they are harmful. This is regularly the case when Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is published, or when seemingly innocuous data is mashed and collated with other datasets. These resources provide strategies and tools for protecting identity, providing anonymity and respecting privacy.
In response to requests from the community to address questions and challenges around de-identifying data, we hosted an online discussion mini-series on this topic from June to November 2015. While there is a clear understanding of the importance of de-identifying data and the possible harms that can result from questionable practices, there is also confusion […]
On November 6, we hosted a third RDF online discussion in our de-identifying data discussion series. This discussion was an introduction to k-anonymity and other de-identification frameworks and techniques with Max Shron, founder of Polynumeral. Earlier discussions in the de-identification series introduced us to context, concept and background of de-identification and how it relates to […]
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 […]
On August 26th we held our second online discussion on de-identification and anonymization – this time with the formidable data scientist Sara-Jayne Terp at the helm of the discussion. The focus of this discussion was ‘Risks & Mitigations of Releasing Data’ and this blog post is a summary of what was discussed. Our fire-starter shared […]
We’re pleased to be working with Oxfam to host an RDF working session on developing a data-deposit decision-making framework on November 19 at 10am EST (3pm GMT). This working session is an opportunity for practitioners to share similar initiatives in opening data that they are working on in order to solicit suggestions, feedback and ideas […]
Join us Friday, November 6 at 11am EST (4pm GMT) for an introduction to k-anonymity and other de-identification frameworks with Max Shron, founder of Polynumeral. So far in our de-identifying data discussion series, we’ve discussed de-identification basics with Mark Elliot, and risk analysis and mitigation strategies with Sara-Jayne Terp. Now we want to dive deeper […]
Join us Wednesday, August 26 at 10am EDT to discuss the risks and mitigations of releasing data. Sara-Jayne Terp, Data Scientist at Thoughtworks, and formerly Director of Data Projects at Ushahidi, will serve as the fire-starter and facilitator for this discussion. This discussion is part of a series on de-identification. Our first discussion was an […]
Through the various Responsible Data Forum events over the past year, we’ve heard many anecdotes of responsible data challenges faced by people or organizations. These include potentially harmful data management practices, situations where people have experienced gut feelings that there is potential for harm, or workarounds that people have created to avoid those situations.
On Friday, June 19, 2015 we hosted an online discussion on de-identification and anonymization. This discussion was led by Mark Elliot of Manchester University and the UK Anonymisation Network and was attended by a range of practitioners and academics from international and national institutions and organisations. Mark’s presentation helpfully covered some of the basics of […]