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Research Reports

International Relations and Human Rights Observatory

09.23.21

What can go right? Positive use cases for science and technology in human rights investigations

Advances in remote sensing technologies, machine learning, and information management are already being applied to the field of human rights documentation. Dialogue surrounding these tools has shifted from their potential to help to their potential to harm. Both are possible. This publication is an attempt to sketch out a rubric for human rights documenters to better identify and determine which is more likely in a given scenario and how to assess which tools will support their goals. Cases: Predicting the Location of Hidden Graves in Mexico, and Documenting Crimes Against Humanity in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
 

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Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) and Access Accountability