Documentation of human rights violations with (geo)data: Opportunities, limitations, challenges

Freitag (22. September 2023), 09:00–10:30
SH 1.104
Georg Glasze (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Katrin Kinzelbach (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Blake Walker (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
The datafication of the world brings new opportunities for monitoring human rights violations. Contributions from geography, human rights research and practices discuss methodological but also wider ethical and political challenges.

Abstract der Sitzung

The datafication of the world and the increasing availability of (geo)data opens up new opportunities for monitoring and documenting human rights violations, particularly especially in regions and situations that are difficult to access due to security and safety concerns. These advances are raising new technical and methodological challenges and opportunities whilst also posing fundamental ethical, legal, and political questions about data availability and use as well as questions of positionality.

We welcome contributions from diverse fields of geography, human rights research, as well as human rights practice that discuss conceptually and/or applied issues of accessibility, analysis, and the application of various (geo)data sources (e.g., remote sensing, social media) along with research exploring related ethical, legal, and political questions of visibility and positionality.

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