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New technology, war and human rights reporting

Richard, Pendry (2021) New technology, war and human rights reporting. In: Ward, Stephen J.A., ed. Handbook of Global Media Ethics. Springer, Switzerland, pp. 1031-1047. ISBN 978-3-319-32102-8. E-ISBN 978-3-319-32103-5. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32103-5_51) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:82720)

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This chapter uses the Bellingcat collective of online researchers as an example of the ways in which digital technologies are being used to investigate human rights abuses in areas of conflict. At a safe distance from contemporary battlefields, Bellingcat volunteers and paid staff, as well as professional journalists and personnel from rights organizations, comprise a distinctive online community which transparently crowd-sources disputed facts in areas of conflict. From its inception, the group has worked with rights organizations on live investigations by discovering, verifying and interpreting disputed facts in areas of conflict. The group’s founder, Eliot Higgins, began by archiving user-generated data from Libya, Syria and Ukraine for use in future war crimes investigations. The chapter ends by briefly historicizing such human rights reporting and, by linking to other actors in the field, puts Bellingcat in a wider context.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-319-32103-5_51
Uncontrolled keywords: Bellingcat; crowdsourcing; Eliot Higgins; human rights reporting; Walter Lippmann; MH17; Syria; Ukraine; war reporting; investigation; verification; social media; journalism; human rights foreign news; reporters; objectivity; NGOs; conflict
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Richard Pendry
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 13:15 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2023 09:02 UTC
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