Mnemonic’s rapid response project is designed to quickly coordinate and equip existing documentation initiatives working in locations where human rights violations must be documented but the ecosystems to do so are underdeveloped.
We help those wanting to rapidly establish the infrastructures to archive content as well as those who need help reinstating valuable information removed by social media companies. Currently, our rapid response project is preserving content from Iran, Chile, Myanmar, Ethiopia, and Hong Kong.
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Thousands of people from around the world risk their lives to capture videos and images exposing human rights violations.
To effectively make use of this valuable content to support advocacy research and legal case building, robust standards for archiving and investigating should be implemented and expertise must be shared beyond a select few gatekeepers within the open-source investigative community. More individuals and organisations from historically excluded communities need to be equipped and empowered to use archival and open-source investigative tools and techniques. This will allow affected groups to create and own the narrative of incidents they are seeking justice for.
Realising these problems, Mnemonic has trained over one thousand human rights defenders and journalists to use digital information to advance social justice, expanding the use of best practices within civil society. We organise training on tools and archival strategies for analysing and verifying digital information.
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Platforms have become accidental, but unstable archives for millions of important videos and posts. Material that helps preserve memory, document human rights violations, and aid truth and reconciliation efforts in conflict areas is lost every day -- we are working to find it. Sometimes this content violates platforms’ terms and conditions, but often it doesn’t, and even content deemed inappropriate by a platform can have extreme value to the human rights community.
Since 2017, we have engaged in research, monitoring, advocacy and media work surrounding the takedowns of human rights documentation on social media platforms. Alongside this we are developing workflows and methodologies to effectively use this documentation for human rights work at scale.
Content moderation has been thrust into the spotlight in recent years, but often conversations about takedowns suffer from a lack of data and a lack of understanding of the real-world impacts of the decision technology companies make. We lead the field in research on content moderation. Our tracking of takedowns is unparalleled. We raise the issue’s profile by engaging social media platforms, lawmakers, and human rights organisations in our policy work and empower advocacy efforts by providing comprehensive reliable data.
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