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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NPR story features partnership between CHRS and the Syria Justice and Accountability Center on Analysis of Cellphone Videos

The war in Syria is a conflict of the social media age. Everyone — the rebels, the government, ordinary citizens, everyone — has a cellphone. MORE
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Label the Limits of Forensic Science

Wrongful convictions occur with shocking frequency in the United States. A record 166 exonerations were recorded in 2016 by the National Registry of Exonerations, bringing the total since 1989 to nearly 2,000. This represents only a fraction of those who should never have been sent to prison. MORE
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Remembering Steve Fienberg (1942-2016)

Stephen Fienberg was the ultimate public statistician. One of his most significant social contributions was making a convincing case that bad science sends innocent people to prison. He used statistics to assess the foundations of legal evidence—fingerprint analysis, hair matching, polygraphs—and found them wanting. His work helped to limit the use of shoddy techniques and forced reviews of past cases. MORE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CHRS Director Jay Aronson Speaks at Harvard Kennedy School Symposium

CHRS Director Jay Aronson Speaks at Harvard Kennedy School Symposium on “The Future of Human Rights: Technology and Fact-Finding in the 21st Century.” MORE
Friday, October 21, 2016

CHRS Fellow Megan Price awarded Open Society Foundations New Executives Fund Grant

CHRS Fellow and HRDAG Executive Director Megan Price was recently awarded an Open Society Foundations (OSF) New Executive Fund grant. MORE
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CHRS Fellow Patrick Ball’s Foreign Policy Article on Statistics and Accountability in Syria

Nearly 18,000 people died in Syrian government prisons between March 2011 and December 2015. That’s just a small fraction of the overall death toll from the Syrian war: Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions more displaced by this five-years-and-counting conflict. MORE
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Enrique Piracés participates in ProPublica’s Electionland Voting Rights Monitoring Project

On November 8, 2016, Media and Human Rights Program Manager Enrique Piracés participated in the Electionland Voting Rights Monitoring Project. MORE
Friday, September 16, 2016

Jay Aronson Publishes Washington Post Op-Ed on the Enduring Political Power of 9/11 Victims

Only 293 of the 2,753 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks in New York were recovered whole. The rest were painstakingly collected in 21,900 pieces, many just bone slivers or unrecognizable bits of flesh. MORE
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Center for Human Rights Science Adds Staff in Statistics, Media Analytics

Robin Mejia and Enrique Piracés will help advance the state of human rights documentation and build collaborations between scientists and human rights advocates. MORE
Sunday, September 11, 2016

CHRS Director Jay Aronson Assesses On-going Efforts to Memorialize World Trade Center Victims 15 Years After the Attacks in the New York Daily News

Today, the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, is a good time to pause to ask whether redevelopment efforts at the World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial and museum have facilitated healing and honored the victims. One would be hard pressed to answer this question with an unqualified yes. MORE
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Who Owns the Dead?

In a new book, Jay D. Aronson details the reasons why a promise was made to identify all victims of the September 11th World Trade Center terrorist attack and why living up to the task has been so challenging. MORE
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Center for Human Rights Science Secures Over $1M for Video, Image Analysis

Smartphones and Internet access make it easier than ever to disseminate information. Ordinary citizens, victims of human rights abuses and participants in protests, armed conflicts and disaster situations can instantly share photos and videos with a global audience on social media. But what happens to that information once it is distributed? MORE
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Challenges of Documenting Casualties in the Syria Conflict

CHRS Research Fellows Megan Price and Patrick Ball published an article on the challenges of documenting casualties in the Syria conflict in the journal Significance MORE
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Human Rights Event Detection and Civil Unrest Prediction Papers

This work was supported by CHRS¹s grant from MacArthur Foundation.


Center for Human Rights Science Affiliates discuss their work at Joint Statistical Meeting in Boston, MA, August 4-7, 2014

Center for Human Rights Science Affiliates discuss their work at Joint Statistical Meeting in Boston, MA, August 4-7, 2014


Patrick Ball Honored as New ASA Fellow

Patrick Ball Honored as New ASA Fellow