Responsible Data Forum: Open Source Investigation for Human Rights
Stockholm Internet Forum, May 16 2017
Hörsalen, Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, Södermalm (Stockholm)
Digital data offer a powerful opportunity for documenting human rights violations, giving visibility to human rights advocacy, and supporting collaboration between researchers and multi-disciplinary stakeholders. The possibilities for finding and acquiring data to assist in documenting human rights violations are ever-growing, but the most ethical way of dealing with this secondary data is not always clear. This workshop will begin with a panel comprising international expertise from technology, journalism, human rights documentation and law to discuss their experience working on open source investigations and the responsible and ethical use of citizen and open-source data. Following the panel will be a series of participatory facilitated discussions around four key themes: law and policy, verification, vicarious trauma, and processing data. The outcome of the workshop will be a series of responsible data considerations and challenges for human rights advocates and researchers when working on open source investigations, drawn from the four tracks.
List of panelists:
The #RDFSIF panel will be moderated by Zara Rahman, Research Lead at The Engine Room.
Alexa Koenig – Executive Director, Human Rights Center
Sam Dubberley – Manager of Digital Verification Corps, Amnesty International
Madeleine Bair – Senior Adviser, Watching Western Sahara
Tom Trewinnard – Director of Development, Meedan
Alix Dunn – Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Engine Room
- Hacks, Leaks and Breaches: Issue #8 of Limn, edited by E. Gabriella Coleman and Christopher M. Kelty – with a lot of fantastic articles and essays.
- Responsible Data concerns with open source intelligence, by Evanna Hu on the Responsible Data blog
- Social media intelligence, the wayward child of open source intelligence, by Millie Graham Wood, Legal Officer at Privacy International
- Responsible Data leaks and whistleblowing, by Alix Dunn and Ruth Miller
- WITNESS’ ‘Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video’ (in English, Arabic, and Spanish)
- WITNESS’ ethical framework and checklist on how to use video as evidence (in English, Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian), including chapters on the ethics of public news gathering, and the responsibility towards uploaders of content.
- The ethical challenges of web scraping, by Sophie Chou
- First Draft News’ resources on the ethics and law of eyewitness media
- The Verification Handbook, by journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts
- First Draft News has produced guides on the visual verification of photos and videos.
- A guide on journalism and vicarious trauma, by First Draft News
- Eyewitness Media Hub conducted an in-depth study into the impact of viewing traumatic eyewitness media upon the mental health of staff.