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Presentation from the Open Society Human Rights Workshop

From April 22-24, I attended the Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance in Budapest. The seminar was organized within the human rights internship program for ten interns working with different NGOs across Europe. It focused on human right research and different models of human rights reporting. We gained practical skills on human rights research, […]

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OpenEvsys 2.0 comes in a slightly refurbished design that makes it even more intuitive to use it. On top of that, it simply looks good on the new dashboard that gives you a quick overview about your data.

Announcing OpenEvsys 2.0: Even more user-friendly, charts and maps, stronger security

We asked specialists to hack OpenEvsys, our software for documenting human rights violations, and we asked users what they want. The result is OpenEvsys 2.0, which will be launched 1 July. It is a major update to improve security, analysis features and design. With enhanced security and more powerful analysis tools OpenEvsys sees a major […]

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More than 70 students attended a symposium at the University of The Gambia on the importance of legal research and the Case Law Analyser as an important tool.

No more sleepless nights at the library

A symposium on human rights law attracted a large number of students at the University of The Gambia eager to devote their future to the protection and promotion of human rights in Africa. Speakers at the symposium stressed the importance of thorough research for the students’ recent and future work and introduced the African Human […]

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Building an engaging website

I’m Manushak Aslanyan from the NGO Women for Development (WFD), based in Armenia.  Recently I started an internship with HURIDOCS as part of the Open Society Human Rights Program and on this blog I would like to share what I learn and experience as I go along. WFD has been working in rural community development, […]

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“It really feels like we are at the edge of a tech revolution” – Interview with Loren Treisman

Three days after finishing her PhD, Loren Treisman went to East Africa and her life started to take a different turn. Now she is Executive of Indigo Trust, a philanthropic fund that awards mostly small grants to small, community-driven projects in Africa that use technology for social change. In this interview, Loren talks about what […]

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Case law is fundamental for the work of every lawyer - at the Moot Court the students gained worthwhile experience for their future careers.

“For us, it was a very good opportunity to get access to information that we usually could not get“

Originally from Ghana, Johannes Buabeng-Baidoo later moved to South Africa and is now a lecturer in human rights law at the University of the Gambia. He is an enthusiast about human rights, works closely with his students to help them understand the African human rights system and wants them to become ready to make sharp […]

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Landmark database for the Americas

HURIDOCS working on a Caselaw Analyzer for the Americas together with CEJIL (content partner) and Ketse.com (technology partner) Our vision of available and well-accessible human rights case law is becoming reality, as HURIDOCS and CEJIL met last week to bring the work for the Americas to a new level. From July 2013 on, a first […]

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HURIDOCS in five minutes and ten slides

Recently, we gave a presentation on the work we’re doing at the excellent ICTs for Social Justice Meet-Up in London. It gives a very short overview on our approach and a few examples of our work on the intersection of ICT, information science and human rights. We thank Tony Roberts (who has a fantastic blog […]

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Hans Thoolen (second from right) at the Quito conference in Spring 1982, the most important conference before HURIDOCS was officially founded a few months later

“We were breaking new ground”

Hans Thoolen talks about the excitement of founding HURIDOCS, why the human rights community nowadays resembles a church with too many priests (and too few believers) and what made Latin American human rights defenders embrace technology before everyone else. Looking back at decades of involvement in human rights work, he also sketches out his idea […]

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HURIDOCS takes part in Alaveteli Conference – Oxford, 2 and 3 April 2012

On 2 and 3 April, Michael Goecken and Oleg Burlaca represented HURIDOCS at the Alaveteli Conference in Oxford. The event was organized by MySociety and there were around 80 participants from around the world, with the majority of organizations represented being strongly involved with freedom of information and transparency efforts in their countries and communities. […]

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Is there life beyond spreadsheets?

We think so. Introducing Drawing by Numbers, a new resource from Tactical Tech: (http://drawingbynumbers.org/) **** Data visualisation has become very popular and there are all kinds of free, online tools begging to visualise everything from your daily coffee intake to your social network. But which of these are good and which are just a waste […]

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Documenting Existing Casualty Recording Practice Worldwide

The Oxford Research Group has embarked upon a project to document existing casualty recording practice worldwide. There are numerous casualty recording initiatives around the world, some operating in the midst of ongoing conflicts, and others in a post-conflict environment. Each initiative has amassed some level of experience and relevant expertise in dealing with the problems […]

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Online dialogue: Using Technology to Promote Transparency

Join New Tactics, the Technology for Transparency Team, and other practitioners for an online dialogue on Using Technology to Promote Transparency from September 21 to 27, 2011. There has been an expanding and increasingly global movement of technology and digital media projects aimed at promoting government transparency, accountability, and public participation in political processes.  In […]

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Prototype Global Disability Rights Library Launches

Human rights and disability rights advocates around the globe can now access a newly launched tool for finding the knowledge and toolkits they need: the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) at http://gdrl.org. A prototype “test” version of this library is being made available both on-line and off-line so that users can share feedback with the GDRL team […]

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