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csvconf, May 2016 @zararah
Bridging the gap:
tech ↔ activism
By Zara Rahman
@zararah
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
background
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
#responsibledata
https://theengineroom.org
https://responsibledata.io
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
https://responsibledata.io/
reflection-stories/
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
…sometimes tech really DOES improve people's lives
Women on Waves: the Abortion Drone
The Counted
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
…sometimes it doesn't.
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
I'll talk about…
• Using sensitive data
• Analysing data
• Common challenges
• Questions to ask ...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Using sensitive data
Reflection Story #6
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
MediCapt
• Standardising data collection
• Digitising data collection
• Iterating upon tool choi...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
MediCapt
• Standardising data collection
• Digitising data collection
• Iterating upon tool choi...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
MediCapt
• Standardising data collection
• Digitising data collection
• Iterating upon tool choi...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
MediCapt
• Standardising data collection
• Digitising data collection
• Iterating upon tool choi...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Sharing reports of violence
• Personally Identifiable Information
• Future proofing
• Collaborat...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Sharing reports of violence
• Personally Identifiable Information
• Future proofing
• Collaborat...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Sharing reports of violence
• Personally Identifiable Information
• Future proofing
• Collaborat...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Sharing reports of violence
• Personally Identifiable Information
• Future proofing
• Collaborat...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Sharing reports of violence
• Personally Identifiable Information
• Future proofing
• Collaborat...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Data on killings in the Syrian conflict
https://hrdag.org
Reflection Story #7
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Data sources for casualties in Syria
• March 15 Group
• Syrian government
• Syrian Center for St...
– Brian Root, Numbers are Only Human, page 6
Imagine the decision that might have to be made to categorize a
typical citiz...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Image copied with permission
from ‘Searching for Trends:
Analyzing Patterns in Conflict
Violence...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
readers' visual literacy
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Data in the Ebola response
http://cis-india.org/papers/ebola-a-big-data-disaster
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Data in the Ebola response
• Using Call Detail Records (CDRs)
• Getting access to the data
• Dec...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Data in the Ebola response
• Using Call Detail Records (CDRs)
• Getting access to the data
• Dec...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Data in the Ebola response
• Using Call Detail Records (CDRs)
• Getting access to the data
• Dec...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
Data in the Ebola response
• Using Call Detail Records (CDRs)
• Getting access to the data
• Dec...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
commonalities
• Admitting uncertainty: quickly changing, grey areas
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
commonalities
• Admitting uncertainty: quickly changing, grey areas
• Context: the numbers aren'...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
commonalities
• Admitting uncertainty: quickly changing, grey areas
• Context: the numbers aren'...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
commonalities
• Admitting uncertainty: quickly changing, grey areas
• Context: the numbers aren'...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
conclusion
// questions to ask yourself
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
what might an adversary do
with your data?
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
what's your holistic security
plan?
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
what does informed consent
look like for your users?
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
what levels of technical literacy
do your users have?
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
in your team, whose job is it to
think about the ethics?
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
questions to ask yourself
• What might an adversary might do with your data?
• What's your holis...
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
tech + data projects can have all
sorts of unforeseen consequences
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
…even when they are well-
intentioned.
@zararahcsvconf, May 2016
thank you!
mail@zararah.net
@zararah
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  1. 1. csvconf, May 2016 @zararah Bridging the gap: tech ↔ activism By Zara Rahman @zararah
  2. 2. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 background
  3. 3. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016
  4. 4. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 #responsibledata https://theengineroom.org https://responsibledata.io
  5. 5. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 https://responsibledata.io/ reflection-stories/
  6. 6. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 …sometimes tech really DOES improve people's lives Women on Waves: the Abortion Drone The Counted
  7. 7. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 …sometimes it doesn't.
  8. 8. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 I'll talk about… • Using sensitive data • Analysing data • Common challenges • Questions to ask yourself
  9. 9. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Using sensitive data Reflection Story #6
  10. 10. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 MediCapt • Standardising data collection • Digitising data collection • Iterating upon tool choice • Reality check
  11. 11. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 MediCapt • Standardising data collection • Digitising data collection • Iterating upon tool choice • Reality check
  12. 12. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 MediCapt • Standardising data collection • Digitising data collection • Iterating upon tool choice • Reality check
  13. 13. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 MediCapt • Standardising data collection • Digitising data collection • Iterating upon tool choice • Reality check
  14. 14. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Sharing reports of violence • Personally Identifiable Information • Future proofing • Collaboration • Launch Reflection Story #3
  15. 15. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Sharing reports of violence • Personally Identifiable Information • Future proofing • Collaboration • Launch
  16. 16. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Sharing reports of violence • Personally Identifiable Information • Future proofing • Collaboration • Launch
  17. 17. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Sharing reports of violence • Personally Identifiable Information • Future proofing • Collaboration • Launch
  18. 18. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Sharing reports of violence • Personally Identifiable Information • Future proofing • Collaboration • Launch
  19. 19. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Data on killings in the Syrian conflict https://hrdag.org Reflection Story #7
  20. 20. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Data sources for casualties in Syria • March 15 Group • Syrian government • Syrian Center for Statistics and Research • Syrian Network for Human Rights • Syrian Observatory for Human Rights • Syrian Revolution General Council • Syria Shuhada Website • Violations Documentation Centre, the documentation arm of the Local Coordination Committees • Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies • …and more.
  21. 21. – Brian Root, Numbers are Only Human, page 6 Imagine the decision that might have to be made to categorize a typical citizen with no military training, who has picked up a gun shortly before his death. Perhaps the coder might have a bias to continue calling this person a civilian. But this person took up arms against the government, did they not?
  22. 22. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Image copied with permission from ‘Searching for Trends: Analyzing Patterns in Conflict Violence Data’ by Megan Price and Anita Gohdes Documented deaths in Tartus
  23. 23. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 readers' visual literacy
  24. 24. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Data in the Ebola response http://cis-india.org/papers/ebola-a-big-data-disaster
  25. 25. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Data in the Ebola response • Using Call Detail Records (CDRs) • Getting access to the data • Decision-making • Digital infrastructure
  26. 26. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Data in the Ebola response • Using Call Detail Records (CDRs) • Getting access to the data • Decision-making • Digital infrastructure
  27. 27. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Data in the Ebola response • Using Call Detail Records (CDRs) • Getting access to the data • Decision-making • Digital infrastructure
  28. 28. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 Data in the Ebola response • Using Call Detail Records (CDRs) • Getting access to the data • Decision-making • Digital infrastructure
  29. 29. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 commonalities • Admitting uncertainty: quickly changing, grey areas
  30. 30. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 commonalities • Admitting uncertainty: quickly changing, grey areas • Context: the numbers aren't everything
  31. 31. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 commonalities • Admitting uncertainty: quickly changing, grey areas • Context: the numbers aren't everything • Diversity: importance of different skills + perspectives
  32. 32. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 commonalities • Admitting uncertainty: quickly changing, grey areas • Context: the numbers aren't everything • Diversity: importance of different skills + perspectives • Collaboration: communication + building with
  33. 33. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 conclusion // questions to ask yourself
  34. 34. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 what might an adversary do with your data?
  35. 35. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 what's your holistic security plan?
  36. 36. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 what does informed consent look like for your users?
  37. 37. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 what levels of technical literacy do your users have?
  38. 38. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 in your team, whose job is it to think about the ethics?
  39. 39. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 questions to ask yourself • What might an adversary might do with your data? • What's your holistic security plan? • What does informed consent mean for the people you're working with? • What levels of technical literacy do your users have? • Whose job is it to think about the ethics of what you're doing?
  40. 40. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 tech + data projects can have all sorts of unforeseen consequences
  41. 41. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 …even when they are well- intentioned.
  42. 42. @zararahcsvconf, May 2016 thank you! mail@zararah.net @zararah

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