Humanitarian Data Ethics

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Date published
03 Feb 2020
Data ethics, Data protection / Responsible data management

The Centre for Humanitarian Data has developed a Guidance Note on Humanitarian Data Ethics to support humanitarians in identifying, assessing, and addressing ethical dilemmas that arise in data-related programmes and initiatives. The Centre for Humanitarian Data developed this note in collaboration with O’Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing; Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society; and Data Science and Ethics Group led by the International Organization for Migration. 

The Centre for Humanitarian Data recommends three areas to support ethical data practice:

  1. Establish clear codes of conduct for ethical data management.
  2. Support staff to identify, understand, and debate ethical issues using common tools.
  3. Introduce ethical audits as part of standard practice.