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Key responsible data issues that have been raised by advocacy practitioners.

New project: Responsible Data Reflection Stories

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.

This resource can help you with: Awareness-Raising
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

De-identifying data: an introduction for advocacy organisations (a summary of the discussion)

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 […]

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Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

Session on ‘Opening data, protecting privacy’ at the International Open Data Conference

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 […]

This resource can help you with: Getting DataSharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-useIdentity, anonymity & privacy

New research on encryption restrictions that human rights organizations should know about, but often don’t

As we all race to better understand encryption technologies so that we can communicate safely between ourselves and our partners, we don’t often stop to fully understand the restrictions that some countries are placing on these technologies. We often fail to question the implications of these restrictions – from criminalising communications, to the quieting effect […]

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Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

Checklists for verifying user-generated content

The Verification Handbook is a great resource for humanitarian responders and journalists who collect user-generated content (UGC) like photos or video during emergencies. In Chapter 9, Craig Silverman and Rina Tsubaki set out a step-by-step process to verify this kind of data.

This resource can help you with: No categories
Issue areas: Data quality

Icons to help you talk about privacy

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 […]

This resource can help you with: Managing data
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

Questions on how to collect monitoring and evaluation data responsibly

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 […]

This resource can help you with: Getting Data
Issue areas: People’s agency & ownership

DataKind UK’s approach to addressing responsible data issues for the Citizens Advice Bureau project

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 […]

This resource can help you with: Managing dataSharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-useIdentity, anonymity & privacyInformed consent

What are the risks when people withdraw data you’ve collected about them?

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 […]

This resource can help you with: Managing data
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

Zara Rahman: Using IATI data responsibly

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.)

This resource can help you with: Managing dataSharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-use