As a member of the European Forum on Armed Drones, Airwars is joining a discussion on opportunities to use FOIA tools to secure more transparency on national decision making around drone acquisition, followed by the review on current EFAD network approaches (national work/ EU work, UN First Committee outreach) and opportunities for the next year.
Chris Woods, Airwars’ Director is presenting on the theme ‘Invisible Victims: Europe’s failure to concede battlefield civilian harm’ at the symposium, which brings together scholars from different disciplines; human rights and humanitarian experts; and investigative reporters in order to examine the precarious status of civilians and other protected persons in the midst of war.
Our Netherlands based Advocacy Officer and Conflict Researcher is presenting at the round-table, organised by War Reparation Centre and the University of Amsterdam. The key area for discussion is the legal proceedings to obtain information from members of the Coalition on bombardments on Iraq.
Maike Awater, Airwars’ Netherland based Advocacy Officer and Conflict Researcher is participating in PAX’s two-day conference devoted to expert level operational exchanges between data initiatives and peacekeeping staff and one for a market place of ideas linking to policy makers. The conference is the interactive marketplace of ideas between participants and policy makers.
Airwars’ Director, Chris Woods, is attending a Future of Proxy Warfare workshop, organised by the New America Foundation in co-operation with Arizona State University and the Omran Center. The workshop is designed as an open discussion on a wide range of practical questions regarding proxy warfare, its principals and proxies, and the use of social media.
Airwars is participating in this key international investigative media event with its focus on subterfuge, propaganda and power. The event brings together a unique community of investigative journalists, whistleblowers, hackers, artists and experts to challenge power and reinvigorate the field of investigative journalism. Airwars Director Chris Woods is chairing a session on the challenges of on the ground and remote conflict casualty reporting.
Technical Consultation on the Establishment of an Independent Humanitarian Watch and related (In)Humanity Index
Alex Hopkins, Airwars data analyst is participating in a meeting aimed of reviewing the feasibility of developing an Independent Humanitarian Watch and Index concerned with war-related (in)humanity including the situation of those obliged to flee in order to safeguard their lives. The meeting involves individuals with expertise in data gathering/analysis as well as colleagues involved in countering the inhumanity associated with contemporary warfare.
Airwars’ researchers, Sophie Dyer and Abdulwahab Tahhan, are running a workshop on the use and verification of open source data at the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten 2018. The festival is a key forum for investigative journalists with the discussions centring on current news coverage abroad and investigation blind spots.