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Thursday, June 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Collective Intelligence Approaches to Expanding Violations Monitoring in Conflict Zones

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Despite periodic excitement about human rights applications of social media, most coverage of human rights violations on social media is unusable by UN human rights mechanisms and inadmissible in court. This session will strategize the expansion of civilian-led monitoring of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa. The experience of a major pilot of civilian-led monitoring in Iraq and numerous civil society initiatives in Syria have shown that a combination of machine and traditional learning techniques is required, but that it is highly context-dependent. Drawing on both human rights and tech experts, the session will discuss different collective intelligence approaches to delivering high-quality violations monitoring in different conflicts. Can civilian-led monitoring fill the dearth of information on human rights violations in high-intensity conflict situations or other no-access zones? Which combination of digital tools, crowd-sourcing, data-mining, training and other support is required to empower civilians to produce human rights documentation of sufficient quality? What best practices can be identified around inclusiveness, quality, verification and security and which impact measures used? The session will be primarily in English but with contributions/questions taken in both English and Arabic.

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Miriam Puttick

Head of Middle East and North Africa Programmes, Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights
Miriam Puttick is currently Head of Middle East and North Africa Programmes at the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, an international initiative to develop civilian-led monitoring of violations of international humanitarian law or human rights; to secure accountability and reparation... Read More →

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Wendy Betts

Project Director, eyeWitness to Atrocities
Wendy Betts is the Director of eyeWitness to Atrocities, an organisation that combines law and technology to promote accountability for serious international crimes. The eyeWitness system allows human rights documenters to capture photos/videos of human rights violations that can... Read More →
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Scott Edwards

Senior Adviser, Amnesty International
Scott Edwards is a Senior Adviser at Amnesty International. He has written and worked extensively on complex humanitarian crises, protection, and armed conflict. His current professional activity focuses on innovations in human rights compliance monitoring, and the human rights implications... Read More →
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Arez Mohammed

Arez Mohammed Sediq is a Human Right activist who works as the Deputy Director at Asuda for Combating Violence against Women in Iraq, an independent NGO for combating violence against women based in Sulaimaniyah with offices in Erbil, Duhok, and remote work across Iraq. He is also... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
Biscay (Palais)