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Thursday, May 17 • 17:15 - 18:15
Building an Open Source Tech Stack for Open Source Investigation

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Human rights advocates such as Syrian Archive, Amnesty International, WITNESS, the ICC, Carter Center and UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center are all pioneering the use of "open source investigation": the verification, analysis and preservation of citizen, perpetrator and eyewitness media uploaded to social platforms for human rights documentation.

Given the increasing volume of human rights-related content posted to social platforms, it's essential that open source and accessible tools are made available and localized for human rights defenders around the world. In this panel, we'll present some of the open source technologies currently used for the scraping, preservation, verification, analysis and visualization of citizen media for human rights documentation, including:

  • Scraper suite Sugarcube
  • Collaborative verification platform 
  • Check- Machine vision framework VFrame
  • Archer Metadata Viewer

We'll also map out some of the other available open source technologies available for different aspects of the challenge, and make the case for the high potential impact of integration support for this emergent "open source stack" for open source investigation.

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Tom Trewinnard

Programs & Partnerships, Meedan
Tom Trewinnard (UK) is Director of Programs at Meedan, a social technology non-profit working on the Check project to develop collaborative verification tools and open training curricula. He is a co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, which has led major collaborative reporting initiatives... Read More →

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Alice Ma

CEO/Executive Director, Archer
I enjoy technology, human rights, and politics. Particular areas of interest are data visualization + Chinese overseas investment activity as a form of international strategy. I'm a language enthusiast and speak Arabic.

Thursday May 17, 2018 17:15 - 18:15 EDT
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