My article: 'Studying the Internet and Violent Conflict' is now forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science.
I'm very proud to have joined the scientific advisory board of the German Federal Foreign Office's PREVIEW crisis analytics tool. The project is spearheaded by the Directorate‑General S for Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation and Post‑Conflict Reconstruction. The scientific advisory board includes Nils B. Weidmann (Konstanz), Corinna Jentzsch (Leiden), Julian Wucherpfenning (Hertie School), Michael Brzoska (IFSH), and myself.
Measuring human rights is hard. In many cases, perpetrators have an incentive to cover up their repressive actions, for example when they want to evade accountability. Comparison across different countries, cultures, regions, and time periods is challenging and brings with all kinds of issues regarding representativeness, completeness, and bias.
There is a lively and ongoing debate in the social sciences surrounding what constitutes a good measure of human rights, what certain measures can and cannot tell us, and how data and methodological innovations can help us achieve a better understanding of human rights standards and practices across the world.
For the responsible data forum I put together a reading list as an introduction for those interested in exploring these debates.
You can find the full post here.
Together with Sabine Carey, I published two blog posts that are based on the research findings of our recently published article of journalist killings and future repression.
In a new study, forthcoming in the Journal of Peace Research, Sabine Carey and I show that the killings of journalists can act as early warning indicator for worsening overall repression. You can find a working paper version here.
For Political Violence @ A Glance I wrote about the Internet Shutdowns in Gabon, and why they should worry us.
I'm excited to announce that I'll be leading a project that is part of a new research center on "human rights and information technology in the era of big data". The University of Essex has been awarded a grant of nearly £5 million from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a 5-year research center that will investigate the human rights implications of the collection, storage and use of big data. Representing the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, I will be taking the lead on a project that aims to examine the opportunities and challenges of using big data on human rights to adequately represent real world events.