Privacy Policy

The Facebook “like” and Twitter buttons

By default, the HRDAG website loads these social media buttons at the end of every blogpost; the buttons track your behavior on our site and allow us to have a broad idea of how popular and how widely circulated our blogposts are. The buttons also enable you to publish our blogposts directly to your Facebook wall or Twitter feed with a single click. If, however, you would prefer that your behavior on our website not be tracked, we are more than happy to oblige.

Do Not Track

When you turn on the do-not-track feature, your browser (Firefox or Chrome, for example) tells every website you visit (as well as their advertisers and other content providers) that you do not want your browsing behavior tracked. Honoring this setting is voluntary—individual websites are not yet required to respect it—but HRDAG absolutely respects the request. When you turn on your browser’s do-not-track feature, none of the social media tracking widgets will load, so those sites will not know that you have visited us. We will not set cookies on your computer. Do-not-track is an easy feature to turn on; here is Firefox’s help guide for doing so; here is some information on Chrome’s DoNotTrackMe feature.

The do-not-track feature is a mechanism for protecting online privacy that specifically addresses the challenge of pervasive online web tracking. For a thorough discussion of the history, technology and policies behind “Do Not Track,” we recommend you read the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s explanation. Here is EFF’s “How to Turn on Do Not Track in Your Browser” article, which provides step-by-step instructions for Safari, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. You may find more information about these extensions at the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s webpage.

All of our pages on the HRDAG website automatically redirect any request for an http:// address to an https:// address. That way no one monitoring your web traffic can see what you’re browsing. They can see that you’re visiting, but they cannot see which pages you view.

If you have questions about our privacy policy, please send them via email to info @

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    You are welcome to use these datasets for your research. If you publish with them, however, we ask that you include the following text: "These are convenience sample data, and as such they are not a statistically representative sample of events in this conflict.  These data do not support conclusions about patterns, trends, or other substantive comparisons (such as over time, space, ethnicity, age, etc.)."

    For reference and further information please see this blogpost about raw data and this blogpost about convenience samples. In addition, we recommend you read the following: Dorofeev, S. and P. Grant (2006). Statistics for Real-Life Sample Surveys. Cambridge University Press; and van Belle, Gerald (2002). Statistical Rules of Thumb. Wiley.

    If you use these data, please cite them with the following reference: