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Posted 26 February, 2016 by Zara Rahman

Join the human rights documentation community call on March 2nd

Update: Thanks for joining the first call! In case you missed it, full notes and a list of participants are available here.


As we announced last week, we’re embarking on a couple of new projects on the use of technology and data in human rights documentation.

We know that there’s a lot going on out there in this space at the moment – new research projects on the use of technology by human rights defenders, human rights organisations exploring new innovative uses of technology or data in their documentation work, or simply individuals with a background in or interest in the topic.

As per our general ethos, we want to build upon – and contribute to – our collective intelligence on this topic, rather than working in separate spaces. So, as a first step, we’ll be hosting a first community call on the topic of new uses of technology and data in human rights documentation, to be held on March 2nd, at 6pm CET, using Uber Conference (details on how to join the call are below).

Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to participate – either just by listening, or by sharing what you’re working on! We’ll be joined by representatives from the newly-launched Human Rights Methodology Lab, a collaboration between Human Rights Watch, NYU and Columbia University, Sam Dubberley from the Eyewitness Media Hub, with other participants TBC.

We’ll be sharing briefly what we’re planning and working on, and we look forward to hearing from others, too. We’d love to hear from as many people as possible – and if you don’t have anything to share but you’d like to listen in, you’re also very welcome to join!

We’ll use this Etherpad to document notes for the call in a comprehensive and participatory way, and and these will be regular calls – so don’t worry if you can’t make this first time.

Details on joining the call

We will be using an online conferencing service called UberConference. This service allows us to connect up to 100 participants using VOIP or phone. This is not a video conferencing system, so don’t worry about brushing your hair!

To join the discussion on UberConference, just follow these steps at the time of the meeting:

  1. Using Firefox or Chrome, go to https://www.uberconference.com/theengineroom .
  2. If you have trouble using your computer for audio, you can connect using your phone. Just dial 607-821-7499 (you don’t need a PIN).

UberConference’s System requirementsFor help, visit the UberConference user guide, or the UberConference support portal.

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