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Social Media and Human Rights



McPherson, Ella.  Forthcoming (2017).  “Risk and Digital Human Rights Reporting.” The Challenges and Opportunities of New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice: Power, Participation, and Peril, edited by Molly K. Land and Jay Aronson.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

McPherson, Ella. 2017. “Social Media and Human Rights Advocacy.” In The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights, edited by Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord, 279–88. London: Routledge.

McPherson, Ella and Thomas Probert. 2017. “Special Procedures in the Digital Age.” In The United Nations Special Procedures System, edited by Aoife Nolan, Rosa Freedman and Therese Murphy, 261-70. Boston: Brill.  


McPherson, Ella. 2016. “Source Credibility as ‘Information Subsidy’: Strategies for Successful NGO Journalism at Mexican Human Rights NGOs.” Journal of Human Rights, 15(3): 330–346.

McPherson, Ella. 2016. “The Tension between Pluralism and Verification in Using Social Media Information for Human Rights Reporting.” In Social Media Reconsidered: Proceedings of the Symposium on Social Media, edited by Bouziane Zaid, 13–31. Ifrane, Morocco: Al Akhawayn University Press.

Contributor. 2016. DATNAV: How to Navigate Digital Data for Human Rights Research. Berlin, Germany: The Engine Room, Benetech, and Amnesty International.


Alexander, Anne and Ella McPherson. 2015. “Social Media Data Is Not Directly Representative of Facts Offline.” P. 8 in Policy Challenges Briefing: Data Science. Center for Science and Policy, Cambridge Big Data Strategic Research Initiative.

McPherson, Ella. 2015. “Digital Human Rights Reporting by Civilian Witnesses: Surmounting the Verification Barrier.” In Produsing Theory in a Digital World 2.0: The Intersection of Audiences and Production in Contemporary Theory, vol. 2, edited by Rebecca A. Lind, 193-209. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

McPherson, Ella. 2015. ICTs and Human Rights Practice: A Report Prepared for the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions. Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge Centre of Governance and Human Rights.

McPherson, Ella.  2015. “Do Photographs Help? A Review of the Human Rights, Human Wrongs Exhibition at Photographers’ Gallery.”  Source: The Photographic Review, Issue 82, 52-53.

McPherson, Ella and Mónica Moreno Figueroa. 2015. “Smoke, Mirrors and Murder: The Disappearance and Killing of Student Protesters in Mexico.” Red Pepper, February/March, 36–37.


McPherson, Ella. 2014. “Advocacy Organizations’ Evaluation of Social Media Information for NGO Journalism: The Evidence and Engagement Models.” American Behavioral Scientist 59(1): 124-148.

McPherson, Ella, and Anne Alexander. 2014. Written Evidence for the Inquiry into Social Media Data and Real Time Analytics. Science and Technology Committee (Commons), UK Parliament. 

McPherson, Ella. 2014. “Four Things Policy-Makers Need to Know about Social Media Data and Real Time Analytics.” LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

McPherson, Ella. 2014. “Four Things Policy Makers Need to Know about Social Media Data.” LSE Media Policy Project.


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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.