Amnesty International USA pioneering Landmark Progressive use of Big Data

Big Data, the dynamic global information archive, is all set to prosper in progressive utility. Samir Goswami, the Managing Director (Individuals and Communities at Risk) of Amnesty International USA recently announced the implementation of a unique data analytics system to identify global human rights violation traits. The International Human Rights defender organization collaborated with New York based DataKind to develop the program. DataKind, specializing in facilitating connections between nonprofits and volunteer data researchers assigned a team of 30 volunteers who helped develop the primary structure of a global human rights surveillance system. The 30 volunteers browsed around 11,000 data files and 1.4 million lines to develop the model. The entire development accomplished within a weekend.

The volunteers combed through the ‘urgent action’ log of Amnesty, developed over 30 years. The aim of the program is to identify primary trends that can lead to massive human rights violation. This program would enable human rights defenders to take adequate preventive action and minimize the violation of the rights. The volunteers streamlined their search by finding out the various sequence of events that call for death by execution in different countries. The parameters coming into consideration include attempt, assault, appeal, clemency and fear. The program used a linguistic algorithm to predict with amazing accuracy the escalation of the incidents that lead to execution.

Goswami stressed on the fact that the organization has great hopes on the success of this unique program. The successful program would effectively predict human rights violation trends by the first flicker of an unrest. According to the Managing Director, the program has the potential to be a landmark system in not allowing situations to reach grave crisis points. However, the official also pointed out that there are still a few bottlenecks in implementing the system into the organization’s data interpretation framework.

There is the requirement of extensive research and ideation in making the predictive program most accurate. Also, the organization would need a proper investment source to fine tune the predictive model and set up a visual dashboard for officers at Amnesty. Also, the system would require an elaborate software framework to harvest the human rights violation data. In addition, Goswami also stated that Amnesty is considering to bring the ethical implementation of the data framework into the discussion table with noted academics.

This one-of-a-kind step can serve major progressive purposes. Primarily, it can help develop a preventive human rights defense model that would eliminate injustice. Secondarily, it would also help alleviate the public paranoia of big data harvesting and surveillance system. Effective progressive use of the surveillance framework can have immense utility in restoring the state of peace by preventing the violation of the fundamental rights of existence. This program definitely heralds the end of a global abusive mechanism of oppression. The international human rights defender organization has always been active in genuine unbiased participation to protect the sanctity of the natural rights of everyone, irrespective of race, creed or other apparently differentiating parameters. The progressive change also successfully strengthens the collaboration of like-minded organizations (DataKind and Amnesty) in their contribution to fight human rights abuse.