New Responsible Data Program Manager at the engine room

Posted April 14, 2015 by Tom Walker

We’re thrilled to announce that Danna Ingleton will be joining the engine room team to manage our responsible data program from June 1, 2015.

This will involve supporting the collaborative work of partners in the Responsible Data Forum, as well as direct support to advocacy initiatives and direct advocacy for more responsible data practices in the general support community.


Danna will be leaving her position as Research and Policy Adviser at Amnesty International, where she worked extensively on developing ethical standards for human rights research and integrating technological strategies into human rights programs. She was also a fantastic ally within Amnesty, and has lots of experience coordinating collaboration between organizations.

We’re very happy to have her, especially because she’s just as motivated as we are to build a strong community for responsible data. You can read her bio and find her PGP key on the engine room about page.

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What we’re learning about keeping organizational emails secure

Posted April 8, 2015 by Kristin Antin


Private Mailing Card

(Credit: calliope)

We’ve been thinking a lot about how organizations implement secure communication practices across a team and work with groups to develop policies. We’ve also been applying these ideas to our own team, which has grown significantly over the past year (from 2, to 4, to 10). As we bring new staff on board, we have been re-evaluating and strengthening our own organizational communication practices.

We decided to start with our email. Securing an organizations’ emails isn’t a small feat. It requires thoughtful policies, significant staff buy-in, and ongoing support and training. But don’t be intimidated! It’s not only possible to secure your organizations’ emails – it is well worth the effort.

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Research finds: Are mobile surveys just reaching urban elites?

Posted March 23, 2015 by Tom Walker

The engine room has been collecting and summarizing research on ‘what works’ in projects that use technology to solve complex problems. We’re sharing research that we find useful on our blog in the hope that a wider range of people can use it to inform their work.

Background: The Center for Global Development and the World Bank (Tiago Peixoto, Jon Mellon, and Steve Davenport) have been testing whether mobile phone surveys can reliably produce nationally representative samples across different countries. Here’s a summary of their blogpost on the results (emphasis added):

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