Our Responsible Data programme brings together a community of people committed to using data more safely and ethically for social change, providing a space to share challenges and develop practical ways of tackling them.
Growing the responsible data community
We kicked off with an in-person Responsible Data Forum event in Oakland (US) in early 2014. Conversations around ethics, privacy, information security, and legal aspects of working with data were happening separately rather than under one umbrella – so, we partnered with some key organisations in all these spaces to talk about how to address this.
Over the past two years, we’ve organised or co-organised 11 events, and collaborators on the Responsible Data work now include Amnesty International, Greenhost, HURIDOCS, Leiden University’s Peace Informatics Lab, Open Knowledge, Ushahidi and Oxfam. Each Responsible Data Forum event focuses on a particular topic involved in using data in social change work, prioritising making space for discussion and debate, identifying shared challenges and proposing practical solutions.