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Stats + Stories: Using Data to Protect Human Rights

Dec 15, 2018

Megan Price is the executive director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), and designs strategies and methods for statistical analysis of human rights data for projects in a variety of locations including Guatemala, Colombia, and Syria.
Credit Daniel Blue / via Stats + Stories

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Protecting human rights is one of the core issues of the United Nations and is the mission of such agencies as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Tracking human rights violations, however, can be difficult and dangerous. It often involves researchers travelling to conflict zones or countries in transition in order to document victim experiences and gather data. Increasingly, activists and researchers are turning to sophisticated technologies including machine learning tools in order to analyze human rights data. That's the focus of this episode of Stats + Stories.

Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists, John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism and Film. Their guest is Megan Price, the executive director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group or HRDAG which is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. It works with human rights groups to figure out what questions can be answered with quantitative data, or how such data can be used to help people better understand human rights issues. 

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.