This section offers guidelines that ensure at a minimum that the collection of data performed in a humanitarian setting is socially valuable, participants are treated fairly and with dignity, and the participants’ interests are protected.
What is your specific issue focus?
Key responsible data issues that have been raised by advocacy practitioners.
This guide provides a framework to understand the level of risk inherent in any SMS-based activity, given the vulnerabilities and threats that may arise when using FrontlineSMS.
As part of Brookings’ Issues in Technology Innovation series, Cameron F Kerry, Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye and Jake Kendall published a paper arguing for a more nuanced approach in protecting privacy related to mobile data, and building a case for special exceptions where data may be used for significant public good or to avoid serious harm to people.
J. Nathan Mathias at the MIT Symposium on Gender and Technology has prepared a practical guide to methods of identifying gender in large datasets and the ethical considerations that accompany them.
Patrick Meier and his research team at the Humanitarian UAV Network have compiled a list of fears and concerns expressed by humanitarians and others on the use of UAVs in humanitarian settings.
The Big Boulder Initiative, a non-profit organisation that seeks to establish standards for social media companies, has recently published a Code of Ethics & Standards, which it describes as ‘a starting point for articulating and honoring the most ethical business practices surrounding social data and its use for organisations.’
If you take a photo of someone for a project, have you explained how the image will be used in future? How will you ensure that everyone within your organisation uses that photo in the right way?
Kate Chapman, Brooke Simons and Patrick Meier have drafted 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.
Data & Society is looking to assemble its 2015 class of fellows. The fellowship program brings together a network of researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals, who would have partial residence in Manhattan.
Ushahidi’s Zack Halloran has written a blog calling all ‘Privacy Wonks, Process Experts, Computational Linguists, Data Detectives, M&E Pros, Veteran Activists and Hackers of all stripes’ to work together to protect data owners’ privacy rights and safety.