The work that people who dare to document do brings a pyscho-social element that is not often discussed or understood. Feelings such as anger, frustration, depression… all as a result of what someone has heard, seen and experienced while engaged in documenting.

"As we are responding to people who are suffering, we not may not be aware of it, but we are suffering as well."

Alice Nah, University of York

What are organizations and individuals doing to help address their own trauma? What are the practices, beliefs, and norms that have led to such a widespread crisis in the world of human rights documentation? Today on the podcast we hear from researchers and scholars in the field of psychology and human rights, Alice Nah and Adam Brown.

Also mentioned: Human Rights Resilience Project

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Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
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Digital Security Researcher
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Mario Heidrich
Cure 53

Today on the program we're looking at the digital risks and threats that every organisation (and individual) faces at some level.

Data, especially the kind of data that is gathered in the field about the reality on the ground, can influence decision makers in various levels of power. If you are someone gathering data, there are those actors who may not want your data to ever see the light of day, as it may have impact on the outcome they want to see. As a result, powerful forces are working everday to destroy documentation tools, erase or intercept data, and above all - stop the documenters through both physical and technical means.

Our major question today is: What are these risks documenters face and and how can we detect them when so much of what goes on in technology is not visible when we use our devices?

For our first guest, as a digital security researcher in the field, the problem has two major parts: One is awareness. The need for documenters and documentation focused organisations to have deeper knowledge of not just what their technology does but how it works. What is part of the normal functioning of a phone or a computer, and what is a sign that something more is going on. The other side of the coin is related to those who build these tools, who are often far from the reality on the ground and don't prioritize having security features on by default.

Our second guest, Mario Heidrich, as the founder of Pentration Testing Company Cure 53, speaks to us about the kinds of security threats his work involves emulating. The process of challenging your website or application security systematically before it comes from a truly malicious party. A process that costs time and money, but represents the type of mindset and preparation that could help organisations of any size be prepared for the threats that are out there.

When you put them together, today's guests can help explain both what the risks are for documenters today, and what is needed to help protect them.

Listen and enjoy.

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Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
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Marie Gutbub
Prototype Fund
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Raphael Mimoun
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In our everyday lives we trust the developers of applications to protect our sensitive data, usually without knowing how or why these tools work. When we consider the documentation process: communication, data management, media recording; experts will often talk about the importance that they be open source. But do we understand what makes tools open source and how that matters for different documentation projects? Today on the innaugeral episode of the podcast, we speak with Marie Gutbub and Raphael Mimoun regarding what role being open source plays for the users and developers of tools used in both specialized activities and everyday life.

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