A friend reminded me earlier this month at the MERL Tech Conference that a few years ago when we brought up the need for greater attention to privacy, security and ethics when using ICTs and digital data in humanitarian and development contexts, people pointed us to Tor, encryption and specialized apps. “No, no, that’s […]
This is a collection of responsible data resources that have been prototyped by this community at Forums, and are currently under development. Each resource is presented here with a short description and a link to its home on a wiki, on github or elsewhere. Get in touch with the resource creators if you’d like to contribute or to stress test.
Large data breaches and leaks now regularly affect even the most seemingly well-guarded organisations and institutions. Over the past five years, a higher volume of data has been released to the public than the previous 50 years put together. This wave of leaks and breaches means that media outlets, the public, and political systems need […]
This resource is a collection of style guides to help individuals and groups improve their graphic literacy and create better data visualizations.
The Engine Room is excited to release new adaptations of the responsible development data book that we now fondly refer to as, “The Hand-Book of the Modern Development Specialist: Being a Complete Illustrated Guide to Responsible Data Usage, Manners & General Deportment.”
This reference sheet provides a framework on what you need to consider and plan for when using Big Data.
This is a working resource intends to provide assistance to identify risks throughout the responsible data project life cycle. It aims to support human rights documentation practitioners in particular.
This is a working resource designed to assist those working in low tech environments on how to consider integrating new technology into their work.
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 […]
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.
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 […]