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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


CGHR is hosting some exciting events this term that highlight our continued work in the midst of uncertain and challenging times. CGHR's summer 2020 interns will present two online resources that they developed and designed to broaden participation and unsettle knowledge production in the digital space. The CGHR Digital Verification Corps team will discuss emergent digital research methodologies addressing the spread of disinformation in Brazil, focusing on the 2019 Amazon Fires. CGHR Co-Director Sharath Srinivasan along with Luke Church will share their work on socio-technical innovations supporting a COVID-19 Risk Communications and Community Engagement Response in Kenya and Somalia. CGHR also wishes to highlight the Department of Sociology's End Everyday Racism reporting project, powered by The Whistle and co-led by CGHR Co-Director Ella McPherson, which will present its first report of findings and action points. 



Missed the event? Read the write up here. 

Date: 22 October

Time: 17:00-18:30 (via Zoom) 

What happens when digital data flows between people and machines echoes across borders, is interpreted, re-coded, transformed and analysed as it travels across digital spaces? What tools could we use to verify this rapidly-proliferating digital information?

Under the CGHR umbrella, and in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), The Whistle team developed two online resources designed to broaden participation and unsettle knowledge production in the digital space. The Human Rights Digital Toolkit (HRDT) is a decision tree model which provides an updated overview of current open-source investigation (OSINT) digital tools that can be used in fact-finding. It is meant to be used by human rights investigators, who are increasingly relying on digital data, not least because they face waves of Covid-19 lock-downs that interfere with their work. The Social Life of Data (SLoD) is an interactive experience where users become digital data in the shape of videos, narratives and numbers. This allows players to follow the data across different digital ecosystems, from being part of an article in The Guardian to becoming a Twitter hashtag.

Curious to know more? Come to our interactive launch to explore how knowledge in the digital space forms and transforms as you test out these tools!

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Date: 19 November

Time: 17:00-18:30 (via Zoom) 

In this panel, we will discuss emergent research methodologies surrounding the spread of disinformation in Brazil, focusing in particular on the 2019 Amazon fires. Our team will outline various Twitter and open source intelligence (OSINT) analysis methods by which disinformation can be tracked and how YouTube connections can be networked and graphed. We will also discuss the diverse tactics utilised by the Bolsonaro administration and its supporters to perpetuate a narrative about the fires based on disinformation. 

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Date: 26 November 

Time: 17:00-18:30 (Via Zoom) 

A talk by Sharath Srinivasan and Luke Church on their work supporting a COVID-19 Risk Communications and Community Engagement Response in Keny and Somalia.

Collaborating with CGHR spin-out Africa's Voices Foundation and through their new initiative called Katikati, they developed innovative methods for quickly reaching and responding to tens of thousands of citizens to address their question and concerns on the pandemic.

This talk will identify the particular challenges faced in both countries during the pandemic, the gaps in the response, and the design, implementation and results of the socio-technical tools methods used by the project partners. It will involve a practical demonstration of the tools developed and critically appraise learnings for approaches to communications in crisis. 

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