Outcry Over Homeland Security Database

Pen America has joined a jittery journalism community in condemning the US Department of Homeland Security’s plan to create a searchable database of journalists, media influencers, editors and foreign correspondents. They called the database “alarming in the context of the Trump Administration’s vitriolic attacks on the media” and said it must be “quashed immediately.” Earlier this month, DHS posted a request for information seeking a contractor to compile the database. But DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton said the move is “nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media,” accusing those sounding the alarm of being “conspiracy theorists.”

Source: Pen America

Posted on: April 10, 2018

Global Child Soldier Database Launched

The first-ever online database on child soldiers launched this week, mapping the shocking scale of child exploitation by armed forces and non-state armed groups around the world. Developed by human rights group Child Soldiers International, the Child Soldiers World Index is the first comprehensive worldwide resource on child recruitment. The Index exposes the systematic abuse of child rights in many countries, including those often untouched by international media attention. Covering all 197 United Nations Member States, the Index, which includes more than 10,000 data points, will include authoritative data on national laws, policies and child recruitment practices worldwide. 

Source: Child Soldiers International

Posted on: February 22, 2018

Global Database of Transparency Groups

The Sunlight Foundation has created a database of civil society organizations working on transparency and open data issues around the world. As explained by Júlia Keresu, Sunlight's International Program Coordinator, in addition to locating the organizations, they "tried to filter information about relevant actors by area of operation, issues covered and the actual approach."

Source: Sunlight Foundation

Posted on: June 5, 2013