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Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop best practices for debunking misinformation.

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The Tracker monitors government responses to the pandemic that affect civic freedoms and human rights, focusing on emergency laws. The Tracker is a collaborative effort by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and our global network of partners, with generous research support from the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

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Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Their work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world. Born from the Internet in 2015, our commercial-free platform operates non-hierarchically, independent of corporate or government control. Unicorn Riot spans across multiple US cities including Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia as well as South Africa.

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As feminists – organizations and activists, working across global movements centered on human rights, sustainable development, and economic and social justice – they have come together in a moment of collective organizing to outline key principles for a just and resilient recovery from the ongoing global pandemic, as well as to track responses and uplift collective action of feminists around the world.

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There’s a deluge of apps that detect your covid-19 exposure, often with little transparency. This Covid Tracing Tracker project will document them. When they began comparing apps around the world, they realized there was no central repository of information; just incomplete, constantly changing data spread across a wide range of sources. Nor was there a single, standard approach being taken by developers and policymakers: citizens of different countries were seeing radically different levels of surveillance and transparency. So to help monitor this fast-evolving situation, they are gathering the information into a single place for the first time with this Covid Tracing Tracker—a database to capture details of every significant automated contact tracing effort around the world.

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Defending the jungles, mountains, forests and rivers of Latin America has never been this dangerous. Six of the ten most hostile countries for leaders and communities defending the environment and their ancestral lands are located in Latin America, according to UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst’s 2016 report to United Nations. This is why 50 journalists, developers and photo/videographers from ten countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela) teamed up to document to report on episodes of violence against environmental leaders and their communities. The result is this special investigative project with a database compiling 2,367 attacks spanning eleven years (2009-2019) and 29 in-depth stories on individual cases.

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The Free to Shine campaign is an initiative of the African Union, the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) and partners to address the growing complacency in the response to childhood HIV in Africa. The campaign aims to leverage the unique engagement and advocacy of first ladies in Africa, reinforcing the political commitment of African leadership, to end childhood HIV and keep mothers healthy.

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Most advocates working to end HIV criminalisation are not formally trained researchers. The thought of reading and using scientific studies may feel daunting. There is no “one best way” to use research for advocacy; no simple “paint-by-numbers” guide. But there are some basic principles and ideas about research and how to use it in advocacy that can be helpful. In this guide, we present those principles and ideas. Our goal is to demystify research about HIV criminalisation and suggest some of the ways it can be used by advocates.

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Human Rights First maintains a list of resources for human rights defenders who are facing security threats because of their work. This compilation includes information about emergency funds, fellowships, human rights awards, training opportunities, and guidelines for embassies and missions on the protection of human rights defenders.

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