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Post-Truth Phenomenon Teach-Out and Conference!

March 15-17th, Cambridge. This exciting series of events, open to the public, approaches the post-truth phenomenon in a variety of ways, including journalism, feminism, politics, theatre, academia, film, art, human rights, and technology.

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The Whistle

The Whistle is a digital human rights reporting platform that connects civilian witnesses and human rights NGOs by supporting the verification process. A team of us are developing The Whistle as part of the Chain React project with the support of a Horizon 2020 grant.

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Human Rights Practice in the Digital Age Workshop

Together with HRBDT at Essex, we held a Human Rights Practice in the Digital Age Workshop in March 2017, where we talked about the opportunities and risks of new technologies for witnessing, documenting, and advocating.

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Politics and Paradoxes of Transparency

This 2016-17 CRASSH Research Group explored the ambivalences of transparency discourses and practices in the digital age, focusing thematically on the production of knowledge, the political economy, and the self.

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Ethics of Big Data

In 2016-17, our interdisciplinary Ethics of Big Data Research Group, supported by CRASSH and the Big Data Strategic Research Initiative, examined the ethics of data-driven societies.

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The Centre of Governance and Human Rights' student research group for our ICTs and Right to Life project have made a Tumblr blog featuring innovations and case studies on the use of ICTs in human rights work.

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ICTs and Human Rights Practice report

This report builds on a discussion document prepared for the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions ahead of his thematic report on the use of information and communication technologies to secure the right to life, presented at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council. It identifies initiatives and trends in the use of ICTs for the human rights practices of prevention, fact-finding, and accountability.

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Encryption & Human Rights

With CGHR and Amnesty International, I recently co-organized a workshop on encryption, anonymity and human rights.

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About this website

This is the website for Ella McPherson's work related to her 2014-17 ESRC-funded research project, Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability.