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Story telling with data in Rightscon

An observation on story telling with different organization


On 28th March to 31 March, me and a few of Sinar Project Team members are given a opportunity to participate in Rightscon in Belgium. Rightscon is an event on human rights with technology.

I focus a lot in the demo room, where it is more technology focused. While most talk I am in covers Internet Rights and Human Rights, but a few of the talk involve data collection and storytelling.

Amnesty Map Project

Data collection

For a few project, it start by collecting the facts or data around the issues. The method either involve investigation on a case, the internet observation is on this, or crowdsourcing for example on klarity. It can be case information like from Klarity, it can be data, OONI is an example.

Central American Observatory in Digital Security is a digital rights observatory initiative, how it work is by collecting reports and investigations. The reason the team spend time on collecting and investigation is to start looking at legal options for a case after investigation. So it is not always about developing stories.

On the digital rights side, OONI, Measurement Lab and a few groups are collecting data for measuring the situation. This sometime used for research, some used for arguments on net neutrality case.

Data collection is not always easy, it require knowledge on the ground, sometime technical. Data can be biased. But once it is collected with help of tools it can give picture on a issue that we are looking at. But the issue with data is people opinion can be very different.  


Domestic Violence Postit

Most organization that present have a website and storytelling involving 2 ways compiling data into story this is similar to what Amnesty do for the North Africa map, or there is story where people participate this is what witness does.

There is story that uses videos, this is used by WITNESS mobil-eyes-me initiative. It uses video and apps to show different angle of an event using videos. Then there is klarity that uses mobile phone video app to record bribe and upload to website. The video si collected to form a campaign to fix bribe issue at a school.

TIL and NYU is looking data visualization and maps to tell stories. With data available chart or sometime maps can be used to tell stories of an issues. It will be shown in website to enable audience to look and explore data and story. It does not always work the way the project intended but it can simplify a complex situation into something that is digestible.


From these talk I think we should really start thinking about engaging the audience to our cause with these techniques. It will be hard, but I believe it is worth it. We can use the internet for our causes more effectively with all these technique.


I also hope local organization have a change to participate in . It seems to be a good event for people to learn better techniques to engage the audience.


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