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Guardians of the Record Lab

PURPOSE

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 HLP Project

RELATED PROJECTS

The Xinjiang Documentation Project

PARTNERS

If you are interested in joining the GoR lab, please contact us.

Advisory Group

Victoria Lemieux

UBC iSchool: School of Information

Natascha Cerny Ehtesham

Program Officer (Dealing with the Past)

Michael Cholod

Manyone co-founder and Chief Executive Decentralist, Peer Social Foundation Executive Director

Jon Unruh

Department of Geography

Remy Hellstern

Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Academic Supervisors

Victoria Lemieux

UBC iSchool: School of Information

Ning Nan

Accounting and Information Systems Division

Participating Graduate Students

Hoda Hamouda

Ph.D, Library, Archival and Info. Sci

Samantha El-Ghazal

Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Amber Gallant

Master of Library and Information Studies

Nicole Johnston

Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Panthea Pourmalek

Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Niloufar Vahid-Massoudi

Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs