Technology and Human Rights

Seven Essential Questions for Ethical War Crimes Documentation

June 1, 2022

Published both on HRC's Blog and on Responsibledata.io, this piece co-authored by HRC's Alexa Koenig, Videre est Credere's Jacqueline Geis, and JustPeace Labs' Jennifer Easterday presents urgent considerations for those currently collecting, investigating & analyzing open source information in Ukraine & beyond...

Technology & Human Rights Program

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Building on longstanding work in the field, the Human Rights Center launched a Technology and Human Rights Program in 2015 to strengthen the use of emerging technologies in human rights investigations and prosecutions. We have since created the first university-based Human Rights Investigations Lab of its kind to conduct open source investigations for international organizations, news outlets, and courts. The lab collaborates with Amnesty International’s Digital...

HRC's Alexa Koenig speaks about OSINT in war crimes investigations on 60 Minutes

May 16, 2022

Alexa Koenig in a 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley

HRC's Alexa Koenig spoke with Scott Pelley on the May 15th episode of 60 Minutes about OSINT investigations into potential war...

Alexa Koenig speaks with Coda Story on social media archiving of digital evidence

May 24, 2022
Coda Story "I think there is recognition that these platforms are being used as tools by people who are trying to terrorize populations," HRC's Alexa Koenig said in a Coda Story interview for the...

Human Rights Investigations Lab

Human Rights Center Investigations Lab:
Where Facts Matter

History

For more than 23 years, the Human Rights Center has been engaged in cutting-edge human rights investigations worldwide. Faculty Director Eric Stover organized exhumations of mass graves in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and elsewhere. At the request of the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Stover conducted a mass grave survey in Rwanda—the first of its kind—that later linked several accused to genocide. This evidence helped convict scores of accused, including Radovan Karadzic, Saddam Hussein, and Jean-Paul Akayesu.

In recent years, the Human...

AP cites Alexa Koenig on the use of OSINT in newsroom investigations

May 8, 2022

Detailed ‘open source’ news investigations are catching on, by the Associated Press, features HRC's Alexa Koenig and cites some of the important reporting collaborations between HRC's Investigations Lab and the Associated Press, notably in Myanmar and the...

Lindsay Freeman's work on cyberwarfare in WIRED

May 12, 2022
The Case for War Crimes Charges Against Russia’s Sandworm Hackers, published in WIRED, features Lindsay Freeman, director of Technology, Law, and Policy at the Human Rights Center in a discussion of her team's research and their submission to the International Criminal Court to consider Russia's Sandworm cyberattacks against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine as war crimes....