RDF Manila Human Rights Documentation

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To whom are we responsible?

  • Individuals that are the focus of documentation
  • People who give you info
  • People the info is about
  • People who it is for
  • People you communicate the info to/people who are listening/ppl who use/reuse your data
  • Beneficiaries
  • To all humans affected by human rights
  • Your documentation team (and yourself)
  • Any community indirectly affected by the data
  • Those who are represented (directly or indirectly) by the data/info
  • Donors and funding bodies
  • Peers

What are we responsible for?

  • Be honest about if you are the right org to be collecting data
  • Using appropriate resources for documentation
  • Mitigating adversarial use of data
  • Thorough/imaginative risk assessments/mitigation stratgies/plans
  • Analysis is correct/defensible; no misrepresentation
  • Cultural/political sensitivities are carefully managed in collection/use
  • Controlled/planned end to project and/or follow through in a sustainable way
  • Clear objectives/goals
  • Positively influence guidelines to good practice
  • Credibility of over data/info
  • Risk/impact of the work
  • Verifiability of data (integrity)
  • How/if/when to publish/share
  • Credibility/integrity/transparency of methods/process
  • Actually using it (not just collecting it) to create positive change
  • Attempt to foresee future risks as times change
  • Representations of data
  • Protecting personal identifiable data in the broadest sense
  • Simple/straightforward
  • Data connects to advocacy mechanisms that are available
  • Monitoring/informing data reuse
  • Follow through particularly if the case is about an individual
  • Rights-based approach to data use/collection
  • Bring it back to the community you collected it/for

How are we held responsible?

  • Legally/contractually
  • Trust/relationship w/ communities and process of bringing data back to the community
  • Legislative/policy frameworks
  • Peers/agreements about good practice
  • Donors/funders
  • Internal guidelines/standards
  • Adversaries (human rights violators)
  • Conscience
  • Media
  • Boards/steering committees
  • Institutional memory/culture
  • Institutional review boards (IRBs at universities)
  • Ethical framework
  • Data audits/peer review/ external & transpareny reviews