Ahmed Elgammal is part artist, scientist, innovator, and philosopher—and maybe all parts alchemist. The Rutgers University professor grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, enthralled by the city’s historic art and influenced by uncles who were artists. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Maryland and went on…


María Maura Contreras’s children were taken by the U.S.-backed armed forced during El Salvador’s civil war.

I was in El Salvador on an assignment for the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley when The New York Times reported about 5-year-old José who was taken away from his father at the border and sent to a foster family in Michigan. …


At the RightsCon2018 Toronto panel on Women & Silicon Valley last week, leaders in technology, human rights, and government discussed the ongoing struggles for equality and fairness faced by women and people of color. Although they noted the importance of #MeToo as a watershed moment and highlighted a number of…


By Andrea Lampros and Alexa Koenig

When we launched the Human Rights Center’s Investigations Lab in fall 2016, we tried to keep our eyes on three priorities: the digital security, physical security, and psycho-social security of the various constituencies implicated in our work.

While each is critical, the responsibility for…


At an Arcade Fire concert in Oakland last fall, three weeks after the shooting in Las Vegas and months before the Parkland shooting, our three teenagers sat on the opposite side of the expansive arena from my husband and me—a happenstance of ticket purchasing. On a night that should have…


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The Undocumental team is together at UC Berkeley School of Law on the publication’s launch night. (Photo by Monica Haulman)

UC Berkeley celebrated the launch of Undocumental — a “new forum for illegalized people around the world” — at Berkeley Law this fall with presentations by founder and Jurisprudence and Social Policy doctoral student Joel Sati and an editorial team of academics and journalists…


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The Undocumental team is together on the publication’s launch night at UC Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Monica Haulman.)

UC Berkeley celebrated the launch of Undocumental — a “new forum for illegalized people around the world”—with presentations by founder and Jurisprudence and Social Policy doctoral student Joel Sati and an editorial team of academics and journalists from around the country at an event…


Bellagio Workshop Examines Open Source Information as Evidence

War crimes investigations increasingly rely on open source information — videos, photos, and social media posts that are publicly accessible on the internet — as potential sources of evidence. …


UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center and Amnesty International will co-host the first international summit of students who are pioneering the use of open source methods to investigate human rights violations and war crimes on June 26–29 at UC Berkeley.

Twenty-five students from the University of Pretoria, University of Essex, University…


Gavin Sheridan was ahead of the curve as one of Ireland’s first bloggers in 2002 when he wrote about “anything and everything” in Gavin’s Blog. He’s remained on the cusp ever since, innovating at the nexus of tech and journalism — motivated by the idea that free-flowing information contributes to…

Andrea Lampros

Writer, editor, communications director at the Human Rights Center, resiliency manager of the Human Rights Investigations Lab, UC Berkeley

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