The Guardians of the Record Lab conducts research on capturing, maintaining and protecting the authenticity and integrity of records in human rights contexts. State and personal archives and records, which hold the key to the identity of not only an individual, but a collective people, are often targeted during conflict or lost when individuals are displaced for other reasons, such as a climate emergency. Collecting, safeguarding,or returning archives and records to their jurisdictions is essential to the rebuilding and maintaining just societies. The mission of the lab, therefore, is to “protect the record so that you can protect the people”. We accomplish this by investigating use cases in which the authenticity and integrity of records and archives is at risk, and study the design of distributed trust technologies that can ensure that records will be able to be authenticated and serve as evidence.
Our current projects include providing support to:
The Xinjiang Documentation Project
If you are interested in joining the GoR lab, please contact us.