A report by any other name should be as clear.
What is a report ?
To be clear, “report” is somewhat of a misnomer, as it suggests a format where someone is presenting conclusions having been preceded by information gathering and analysis, but conclusive statements will rarely come out of this platform. To report in this context simply means “to present extracts of processed data in a predefined format”.
What to report?
There are a number of questions we want to answer, and these questions determine what to report:
Is a location connected to the internet ?
Is that connection free from interference ?
What interference exists on that connection ?
What is the legal framework, if any, within which that interference exists ?
What is the jurisdictional practice in that location, does this practice adhere to the legal framework?
Which tools are available in that location to circumvent interference should this exist ?
Are there legal consequences to the use of such tools ?
Which civil rights have been violated in the location ?
Which human rights have been violated in this location ?
What is the development over time of the answers of all the previous questions ?
How to report?
The effectiveness of a report is only as high as its accessibility. Which in turn is fairly dependent on the audience for these “reports”. In this context “one size fits no-one” is applicable. The primary point of access however will be an analytic dashboard, reminiscent of Google Analytics.
As different people require access to information in different formats we are building 5 different levels of access to this system:
1. Visualization and mapping of analytic results : a dashboard.
2. Access to analytic visualization tools.
3. Access to intermediate and enriched data.
4. Access to raw data.
5. Access to analytic processing code.
For whom to report ?
The short answer is : everyone.
The slightly more specific answer is : Policy makers, judges, lawyers, human rights activist, journalists in particular and civil society as a whole.
The long answer is the 5 estates, being : the Legislative, Executive, Judiciary, News Media and Everyone Else. There are clear reasons why we feel these are to be consider the “target audience”, mostly it is based on the conviction that we have arrived at a point in time where the divide between the “the Expert” and “the Generalist” has blurred to the extent that without generalist context, expert knowledge is isolated at the risk of irrelevance. And, conversely, “generalist” professions, such as traditionally embodied by the four estates are becoming increasingly difficult to exercise competently without “expert” understanding. This has been true to a great extent throughout history, but, we feel, has become of existential importance in these times of “technological upheaval”. Particularly problematic have become the difficulties to apply intuitive understanding of how increased technological capacity impacts legislative safeguards prerequisite to the exercise of civil liberties as the practical expression of human rights.
Description started here as “Collect”.