The Information and Data Collaboration Programme (IDC) collects and collates data and information from publicly available sources and platforms to create intelligence and research products for stakeholders who are able to help prevent exploitation and protect victims and the vulnerable.
We work to address the lack of information and data now available for decision makers who aim to reduce their risk of involvement in exploitation by collecting, analyzing and circulating information about harm inflicted upon victims and about actors who perpetrate and benefit from exploitation. We also research factors that facilitate human trafficking and explore how technology, data and partnerships can increase the impact of counter-trafficking efforts.
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Amongst the vast range of information available in the universe of public data, IDC looks to identify those sources and data signals that have the ability to affect persons vulnerable to, or currently in situations of exploitation, and raises questions about what impact this information has on society as a whole. Through our research, programme activities and strategic partnerships, we go beyond strictly defined data inputs, instead expanding the range of sources considered and looking for data signals that can tell stories otherwise missed. By considering new ways of utilizing publicly available information and by seeking cross-sector collaboration, we aim to create more effective responses to complex issues like human trafficking and exploitation.
INFORMATION SHARING ACROSS SECTORS
A central part of our work is engaging and collaborating with key stakeholders in industry sectors important to the work of fighting modern slavery, such as finance, fishing and palm oil, to create information products that help identify risks of exploitation and protect the vulnerable.
Some of these industries, such as the financial industry, function within highly structured environments characterized by heavy legal requirements and well-established risk management frameworks. Others, such as the fishing industry, function in more unstructured environments, which lack existing infrastructure and tools to identify and address risk. These different environments impact the approaches we use to gather and disseminate relevant data to industry actors.
We also work closely with public interest stakeholders, including NGOs, research institutions, academics and media actors, collaborating to collect data and sharing findings mutually to benefit our work.
Furthermore, we develop strategic partnerships with institutions that work directly with law enforcement to better protect victims and aid in the prosecution of human traffickers. Through data and information-sharing with these partners, we support investigators in disrupting and dismantling criminal operations related to human and sex trafficking, and support efforts to develop intelligence that can be used to protect victims.
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