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Social Media and Human Rights


In June, I participated in the inaugural Critical Coding course put on by Cambridge's Digital Humanities Network and Computer Laboratory.  Our background reading included the Critical Engineering Manifesto, which includes the statement: "The greater the dependence on a technology the greater the need to study and expose its inner workings...."

The course was a great introduction to coding and to the critique of code.  My collaborator from the Computer Laboratory, Meredydd Williams, and I also started developing a platform, called The Whistle, for citizen witnesses' reporting of human rights violations.  You can see a blurb about our project and those of our classmates  here, as well as a longer blog post about the aims of The Whistle here.

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.