Pre-SIF Parallel session 2B

Responsible data forum: Open source investigation for human rights

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.

Convened by Meedan and The Engine Room, this event is the latest in the Responsible Data Forum series, a collaborative effort to develop useful tools and strategies for dealing with the ethical, security and privacy challenges facing data-driven advocacy.


Zara Rahman (moderator) – 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

Location: Hörsalen