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Human Security & Technology

Signal works to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of information technologies by communities of practice during humanitarian and human rights emergencies.

Atrocity Prevention & Forensics

Featured work: Remote forensics in Syria

“Present in the imagery from March 1st and March 4th of the prison, there are dark elongated objects, similar to each other, measuring approximately five to six feet in length,” said Isaac Baker, imagery analysis manager at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Signal Program on Human Security and Technology. “While analysis and available data does not prove, it does corroborate, and is consistent with, eyewitness accounts of mass executions at this facility.” Read the entire article here.

Our Featured Paper

HHI Signal Remote Forensics paper screenshot

A New Forensics: Developing Standard Remote Sensing Methodologies to Detect and Document Mass Atrocities

The aim of this article is to highlight potential methods applicable to a standard forensic approach for the analysis of high-resolution satellite imagery that may contain evidence of alleged mass atrocities.

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Other Notable Papers

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Standards & Ethics

The Signal Code articulates five human rights to information during a crisis:

  1. The Right to Information
  2. The Right to Protection from Harm
  3. The Right to Data Security and Privacy
  4. The Right to Data Agency
  5. The Right to Redress and Rectification

Emerging Technology

Team

Imagery Analysis Manager, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
Graduate Student Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
Director, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
Research Assistant, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology

Principal Investigator: Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH