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Digital Verification Corps


In partnership with Amnesty International, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights launched a Digital Verification Corps in October 2017.

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 Corps (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 joins UC Berkeley, the University of Essex, the University of Pretoria and the University of Toronto in running a student DVC that supports verification of digital content for Amnesty research into human rights violations.  Our DVC is made up of an interdisciplinary group of graduate students with a range of language skills and expertise.  Matt Mahmoudi is Student Lead for Cambridge's DVC, and Ella McPherson is Faculty Lead. 

CGHR will be co-hosting a Summit for the international consortium of DVC in summer 2018.  More information will follow soon.  For a summary of the 2016-17 Summit hosted by the Berkeley Human Rights Centre, click here.

The DVC is also conducting an auto-ethnographic research project at the Department of Sociology on epistemology in the digital age.


Image: altered version of 'Hot Media' by Coco Curranski via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)