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Dr Ella McPherson on verification in civilian human rights reporting

last modified Sep 21, 2015 11:33 AM
21st September 2015

CGHR Associate, Dr Ella McPherson, has contributed the chapter 'Digital Human Rights Reporting by Civilian Witnesses: Surmounting the Verification Barrier' to a new volume, Produsing Theory in a Digital World 2.0: The Intersection of Audiences and Production in Contemporary Theory (Vol. 2).

Dr McPherson's Chapter demonstrates how professional human rights fact-finders can be understood, after Bourdieu, as a field characterized by an information logic governed by verification. In contrast, civilian witnesses – particularly at the accidental rather than activist end of the spectrum – can be thought of as a non-field. It concludes with considering how the phenomenon of third party verification subsidies, both human and machine, might lower the verification barrier. 

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