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Launching the Digital Verification Corps

last modified Mar 10, 2020 09:18 AM
In a world where mobile phones and social media are enabling us to witness accounts of human rights violations around the world, Amnesty International are able and committed to do more with the potential of social media as evidence. But, they need YOUR help!

The Human Rights in the Digital Age theme at the CGHR is launching a Digital Verification Corps in collaboration with Amnesty International. As an increasing amount of social media data on human rights crimes and atrocities is made available online, it becomes proportionally crucial to improve and speed up the process through which human rights fact-finders gather, verify and present evidence. To this end, Amnesty has launched a global network of digital volunteers known as the Digital Verification Corp (DVC). With the help of digital verification tools and training from Amnesty, the DVCs work to advance human rights by fact-checking and verifying footage from sites of atrocity crime investigations.

Cambridge will be the latest institution to join the network, currently consisting of UC Berkeley, the University of Essex, the University of Pretoria and the University of Toronto.

This is an opportunity for students to work directly with one of the foremost human rights organisations, and to apply critical thinking, linguistic, and digital competencies to a practical effort to address some of the most pressing human rights issues around the world. They will receive training and hone skills that will aid them in assisting Amnesty’s work.

To apply, you must:

  • Be a graduate students (MPhil/PhD level or equivalent)
  • Willing to take part in an ongoing sociological impact project investigating truth and verification
  • Available for the training weekend at the University of Essex 4-5th of November.
  • Applications can be submitted on this google form:

A launch meeting with more information will also be held on October 20th 2017.