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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)

 

DVC

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 Mexico's Universidad Iberoamericana; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Essex; the University of Hong Kong; and 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 undergraduate and graduate students with a range of language skills and expertise. Ray Adams Row Farr and Dylan Rogers are Student Leads for Cambridge's DVC in 2020-21, and Ella McPherson is Faculty Lead.

CGHR co-hosted a Summit for the international consortium of DVC in summer 2018. 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.

A list of past and present members of the DVC can be found here. 


Explore DVC Projects

 


           

Documenting Violence against BLM Protestors

In late spring 2020, a wave of Black Lives Matters protests surged around the world in direct reaction to recent police killings of Black Americans, but also more broadly in response to systemic racism.  In many instances, these peaceful protests were met with shocking displays of police violence from local, state and national law enforcement agencies.

 

 

           

Gathering Evidence of Human Rights Violations during Iran’s 2019 November Crackdown

On the 15th of November 2019, Iran erupted in protest. Rises in fuel costs – a direct consequence of the withdrawal of state subsidies for petrol and an indirect consequence of the Trump administration’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy – ignited the Iranian people’s smouldering discontent into a blaze of nationwide demonstrations. 

 

           

Cambridge DVC contributes to Amnesty International Tear Gas Investigation Platform

In June, in the midst of escalating actions against protesters across the globe, Amnesty International launched 'Tear Gas: An Investigation.' This highly researched, interactive platform is essentially a primer on tear gas for anyone concerned with its deployment; it explains what tear gas is when it is used and abused, and how to take action to prevent its misuse.

 

 

 

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