Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Introduction

By the time you finish this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of crowdsourcing;
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of crowdsourcing to gather information; and,
  • Learn why verifying information is important to your work as a change agent

Understanding crowdsourcing and the importance of verifying information will allow you to disseminate impartial and accurate information. You will also be a credible messenger and source for people looking for reliable information.

For more on how and where to collect information see Nabz Iran’s Documenting Information in Challenging Environments course, which provides practical methodologies for documenting human rights abuses, focusing on how to collect data and stories and how to report on these with accuracy, impartiality and objectivity.