Team: Jonathan Gray (facilitator), Olga Boichak, Agata Brillhi, Claudia Minchilli, Coral Negrón, Mariasilvia Poltronieri, Chiara Riente, Gülüm Şener and Paola Verhaert
Collaboration between: Digital Methods Initiative, Density Design and Amnesty International
In June 2016 Amnesty International launched their Amnesty Decoders project, dedicated to creating a network of “hundreds of digital volunteers helping us expose human rights violations, one click at a time" (Amnesty International, 2016). Their first project was a crowdsourcing project to analyse a digitised collection of tens of thousands of Urgent Action documents in order to “understand when and where [Amnesty’s] campaigning has been most effective”.
We analysed the data from the Amnesty Decoders project in order to understand what the decoded data tell us about the outcomes of Amnesty's actions around te world.
Apart from studying the user engagement with the Decoders Project, we analysed and visualised the decoded data of the Urgent Actions, with our main focus on the geographical and temporal trends in the database.
Team: Jeroen de Vos, Nick Forrester, Daria Asmolova, Paola Verhaert, Lorenzo Piazzoli
Police: Nico, Arthur, John
Collaboration between: Digital Methods Initiative and the Federal Police of the Netherlands
In collaboration with the Dutch police force, we analysed the relation of language and distribution in the dynamics of platform-specific engagement with and exposure to radical content. More broadly our objective was to understand the hypothetical journey of radicalization through Youtube, Twitter and Facebook Identifying the distribution of local and global radical networks and main actors.
Our aims were to understand the hypothetical journey of radicalization through three social media platforms (YouTube, Twitter and Facebook), and to identify the distribution of local and global radical networks and actors.
Twitter network mapped comparing a date range in May with one in June.
Co-hashtag analysis: network detail highlighting hashtags connected to the Orlando shooting in Arabic and in English
"We never asked."
The Role of the Belgian Trade Unions in the International Solidarity Campaigns for Chile and Argentina (1970-1990)
MA Thesis in Political History
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
During the 1970s and the 1980s, both the Argentine and Chilean civil societies found themselves trapped under the thumb of brutal military regimes. Three years after the military coup of 1973 in Chile, Argentina began to pant under the dictatorship led by General Videla. While these dictatorships heralded the beginning of a black chapter in history of these two nations, solidarity movements for Chile and Argentina arose abroad from the newly emerged international human rights network.
Belgium played a significant role in the solidarity campaign for these Latin American countries, and the trade unions traditionally formed the groundswell of activism in Belgian society. Historians have focused widely on the Belgian campaign against repression in Chile, and on its significance for the global solidarity movement, while the Belgian solidarity movement for Argentina has been immensely neglected in literature. This discrepancy of attention between Argentina and Chile seems to be in line with the relatively small size which the solidarity movement for Argentina took in Belgium, when comparing it to the Belgian campaign for Chile. Remarkably, much fewer Belgians seemed to be willing to claim solidarity with Argentina than had been the case for Chile.
This work aims to examine the extent to which the formation and the articulation of the solidarity campaign against repression in Argentina followed similar dynamics to the solidarity campaign for Chile which had been established in Belgium immediately after the coup of 1973. This is exposed by focusing on the role played by the two largest Belgian trade unions, being the Socialist Trade Union (ABVV/FGTB) and the Christian Trade Union (ACV/CSC). Additionally, by comparing the dynamics of these two global solidarity campaigns, the research reveals the internal motivations of the Belgian trade unions to pursue solidarity within a twentieth-century context of competing international trade unions. Finally, the adoption of a comparative approach makes it possible to combine both the stories of both macro-actors and micro-actors, revealing a new perspective on the history of transnational solidarity movements in Cold War Latin America.
I recently presented part of my research at UCL. The focus of this talk was on the effects that the solidarity campaign for Chile had on the solidarity campaign for Argentina.
A publication of the results is forthcoming. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
StreetGuard: Designing a Prototype for a Mobile Application to Empower Victims of Street Harassment
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
To many citizens, harassment is a reality in modern society. People are harassed in public space on a daily basis, due to their gender, sexual orientation or the colour of their skin. Each of these targeted groups are prone to experiencing verbal and physical abuse in the public space. Despite the severity of the problem, the victims are often accused of not being truthful. The lack of genuine debate around teh issue has lead to a quantitive lack of geographical and temporal data on this civic problem. We designed an application with two main goals. Firstly, we aim to provide users with the ability to report events of harassment by categorizing them, pinpointing the location and adding a brief description. Secondly, our application will visualize the gathered user data geographically, so that users may be able to detect potentially dangerous areas while planning a route.
This research aims to contribute to the field of HCI in that it takes an experimental turn in inclusive participatory design research; with this project, we aimed to improve the agency of victimized groups in public space. We were able to successfully carry out experimental and participatory design techniques, which lead to the creation of a design prototype.
Feel free to out try our paper prototype in Pop.
Authors: Evelien Herelixka and Paola Verhaert
Professor: Katrien Verbert
TA: Francisco Gutiérrez
Attention, this is a sample of our dataset!