HRDAG Report on Disappeared Tamils in Army Custody in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka civil war bus and passengers
HRDAG has published a report about the 500 Tamils who disappeared while in Army custody in Sri Lanka in 2009.

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The UDHR Turns 70

We're thinking about how rigorous analysis can fortify debates about components of our criminal justice system such as cash bail, pretrial risk assessment and fairness in general.

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Welcoming Our New Data Science Fellow

Shemika Lemare 2018 HRDAG
Shemika Lemare has joined the HRDAG team as our new data science fellow.

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HRDAG and #GivingTuesday 2018

Support HRDAG #GivingTuesday
Will you help HRDAG advance human rights?

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Welcoming Our New Data Scientist

Tarak Shah HRDAG 2018
We're thrilled to announce that Tarak Shah has joined our team as our new data scientist.

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Herb Spirer, 1925 – 2018

Herb Spirer / Barak Yedidia
Herb led and mentored a generation of statisticians working in human rights.

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Open Source Summit 2018

Patrick Ball OSSummit 2018 HRDAG
On October 23, 2018, Patrick Ball keynoted at the Open Source Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Where Stats and Rights Thrive Together

summer interns at HRDAG whiteboard, 2018
Everyone I had the pleasure of interacting with enriched my summer in some way.

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How many social movement leaders have been killed in Colombia? An estimate and analysis

As the war between the guerrillas, the Army, and paramilitary groups in Colombia winds down, violence against social movement leaders has intensified. Using data from six organizations, this report estimates the total number of social movement leaders killed in 2016 and 2017. The perpetrators of the killings are not reported in the data or in the report. In the report, we observe that together, the monitoring organizations documented 160 killings in 2016, and we estimate a total population of 166 deaths.[1] In 2017, there were 172 documented killings, and we estimate a ...

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Happy Hacking

2018 HRDAG Gus Brocchini, Erin Lipman, Maria Gargiulo
From my first introduction to the HRDAG community at the annual retreat it was clear to me that mentorship is an organizational priority and that the contributions of interns are valued. Much of my first couple weeks as a summer intern at HRDAG were spent familiarizing myself with Patrick’s paradigm for principled data processing. At the same time, I was learning the skills and tricks (bash, make, vim, git) that promote an effortless programming workflow, a pursuit that Patrick calls “sharpening the saw” (just like in programming, you can cut down a tree with a ...

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Disrupt San Francisco TechCrunch 2018

On September 7, 2018, Kristian Lum and Patrick Ball participated in a panel at Disrupt San Francisco by TechCrunch. The talk was titled "Dismantling Algorithmic Bias." Brian Brackeen of Kairos was part of the panel as well, and the talk was moderated by TechCrunch reporter Megan Rose Dickey. From the TechCrunch website, "Disrupt is a 3-day conference focused on breaking technology news and developments with big-name thought leaders who are making waves in the industry." Video of the talk is available here, and Megan Rose Dickey's coverage is here.

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Patrick Ball wins the Karl E. Peace Award

Patrick Ball won the Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society at the 2018 Joint Statistical Meeting.

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HRDAG Retreat 2018

What follows is an elaborate criss-crossing of collaborations—retreat is a time to embrace the productivity that comes with being in the same room.

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Kristian Lum in Bloomberg

The interview poses questions about Lum's focus on artificial intelligence and its impact on predictive policing and sentencing programs.

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HRDAG is hiring – Junior Data Scientist

If this could be you, let us know. Also, please feel free to pass on this link to great people.   Job Title: Junior Data Scientist Salary range: $75,000 - $85,000 Location: San Francisco. You need to be on-site with us. What we do: The Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) is a non-profit organization that develops statistical techniques to assess and understand mass violence, especially when perpetrated by governments. Our expert testimony has helped to bring dictators to justice in five countries. Over more than twenty-five years, our team has ...

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Skoll World Forum 2018

Megan Price Skoll World Forum 2018
Illuminating Data's Dark Side: Big data create conveniences, but we must consider who designs these tools, who benefits from them, and who is left out of the equation.

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Data Science Symposium at Vanderbilt

Patrick Ball keynoted the Data Science Symposium at Vanderbilt University.

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New publication in BIOMETRIKA

Fig 1A in Biometrika 2018 Theoretical limits of microclustering for record linkage
New paper in Biometrika, co-authored by HRDAG's Kristian Lum and James Johndrow: Theoretical limits of microclustering in record linkage.

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FAT* Conference 2018

Kristian Lum spoke about "Understanding the Context and Consequences of Pre-Trial Detention" at the Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*).

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Reflections: A Love Letter to HRDAG

Alejandra García and Doña Amelia García
On the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, HRDAG executive director Megan Price tells us why she loves her work, and why she feels hopeful about the future.

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