Upcoming Talks


Past Talks


Presentation on the research behind the Evaluation of the Kosovo Memory Book Database. National Archive, Pristina, Kosovo. Patrick Ball. February 4, 2015.

How do we know what we know? Patrick Ball. Arizona State University. January, 2015.

AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition Meeting: Big Data & Human Rights. Megan Price, panelist. Washington, D.C. January 15-16, 2015.

Examining the Crisis in Syria: Conference Hosted by New America and Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Megan Price, panelist. Washington, D.C. January 15, 2015.


Big Data and Death: Mini-Conference. Department of Political Science and  University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Patrick Ball, Chad Hazlett, Philip Schrodt. November 7, 2014.

Data Mining for Good: Lunch + Learn. Thoreau Center for Sustainability. Patrick Ball, speaker. San Francisco, California. October 23, 2014

Data Mining for Good. Department of Statistics, University of Indiana–Bloomington. Patrick Ball, speaker. October 20, 2014.

Data Mining for Good: Prosecuting War Criminals Using Data & Statistics.” CJA Young Professionals’ Committee Drink & Think. Patrick Ball, speaker. San Francisco, California, September 16, 2014.

Human Rights Violations: How Do We Begin Counting the Dead? — Invited Papers.” Joint Statistical Meetings. Patrick Ball, discussant. Boston, Massachusetts, August 7, 2014.

Global Impact: Statistical Analyses of Conflict Data in Syria, Guatemala, and Colombia — Invited Papers.” Joint Statistical Meetings. Shira Mitchell, Megan Price, Patrick Ball. Boston, Massachusetts, August 5, 2014.

“Record linkage and other statistical models for quantifying conflict casualties in Syria.” International Symposium on Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS)/Conference of the ASA Section on Statistical Learning and Data Mining. Megan Price. Durham, North Carolina. June 10, 2014.

Pulling the Plug: Network Disruptions and Violence in the Syrian Conflict (Anita Gohdes) and Global Trends in War, Conflict, and Political Violence (working group with Megan Price). International Studies Association Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada. March 26-29, 2014.

How we miss what is missing and what to do about it. You Are Not So Smart. Megan Price with host David McRaney. San Francisco, California. March 11, 2014.

Using Math and Science to Count Killings in Syria. Megan Price. RightsCon. San Francisco, California. March 4, 2014.

Record Linkage & Other Statistical Models for Quantifying Conflict Casualties in Syria. Megan Price. Strata Conference. Santa Clara, California. February 13, 2014.


Data Mining for Good: Using random sampling, entity resolution, communications metadata, and statistical modeling to assist prosecutions for disappearance and genocide in Guatemala. Patrick Ball. Chaos Computer Club, Hamburg, December 20, 2013.

Counting Casualties: How the Human Rights Data Analysis Group Quantifies Conflict Violence. Megan Price at the World Social Science Forum 2013. October 13, 2013.

The Counting Civilian Casualties Book Release. Baruch Fischoff of Carnegie Mellon University, Patrick Ball of HRDAG (Patrick begins at 33:00), and more co-authors. Ford Institute, September 26, 2013.

Math on Trial. Patrick Ball and Leila Schneps discuss how math can help (or hinder) the pursuit of justice. (Patrick begins at 36:30.) Moderated by Rachelle Saunders. Skeptically Speaking, August 22, 2013.

Using Data to Prosecute Genocide. Patrick Ball and Marta Elena Casaus. New America Foundation, May 29, 2013.

The Death Toll in Guatemala. Patrick Ball explains the role of statistics and the need for a revised CEH estimate in Guatemala’s 36-year armed conflict. Latin American Studies Association meetings in Washington, DC, May 30 2013.

Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention. Lawrence Woocher (SAIC) moderates this discussion with Patrick Ball as one of the guests. Humanity United and USAID, Google hangout, March 8, 2013.


Making the Case: The Production and Consumption of Quantitative Data on Human Rights Abuses. Patrick Ball participates in Translating Human Rights: Bodies of Evidence. International Institute at the University of Michigan, October 2012.

Counting the Toll: The Production and Consumption of Human Rights Data. Patrick Ball at Mozilla. June 2012.

Data Security or Death (or, how to preserve security and privacy in the face of adversarial surveillance). Tyler Dukes (The Reporters’ Lab, Duke University) moderates this discussion with Patrick Ball as one of the guests. (Podcast) 2012.


The Role of Databases in Transitional Justice Research. Megan Price. University of Ulster, Belfast, Ireland, 26 October 2010.






Our work has been used by truth commissions, international criminal tribunals, and non-governmental human rights organizations. We have worked with partners on projects on five continents.