Responsible Data Reflection Stories overview
Collecting and discussing the
unforeseen challenges of using
technology and data in advocacy.
Through the various Responsible Data Forum events1 over the past couple of
years, we’ve heard many anecdotes of responsible data challenges faced by people
or organizations. These include potentially harmful data management practices,
situations where people have experienced gut feelings that there is potential for
harm, or workarounds that people have created to avoid those situations.
But we feel that trading in these “war stories” isn’t the most useful way for
us to learn from these experiences as a community. Instead, we have worked
with our communities to build a set of Reflection Stories: a structured, wellresearched knowledge base on the unforeseen challenges and (sometimes)
negative consequences of using technology and data for social change.