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The Signal Program
on Human Security and Technology
The Signal Program on Human Security and Technology (Signal Program) was founded by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in 2012. The program works to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of information technologies by communities of practice during humanitarian and human rights emergencies.
The program's ongoing research and scholarship
focuses on the following three areas:
Tools and Methods
Design and scientifically test tools and methods that remotely collect and analyze data about humanitarian emergencies
Standards and Ethics
Help lead the development of technical standards and professional ethics for the responsible use of technology to assist disaster-affected populations
Mass Atrocity Remote Sensing
Conduct retrospective analysis of satellite imagery and other related data to identify remotely observable forensic evidence of alleged mass atrocities
Satellite Imagery Interpretation Guide: Intentional Burning of Tukuls
During armed conflict in East and Central Africa civilian dwellings are intentionally targeted and razed. These traditional civilian dwellings are known as tukuls which are primarily mud and thatch huts.
This guide is the first to focus on tukuls because they are a uniquely valuable metric for both documenting attacks on civilians during armed conflicts and assessing potential mass displacement that can result from these incidents.