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Human Rights Day 2016: Science, Technology and Human Rights

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Human Rights Day 2016: Science, Technology and Human Rights
Speaker: Bradley Samuels, SITU Research
UNDISCIPLINED: Reflections at the Intersection of Design, Technology and Human Rights

International Human Rights Day celebrates the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was adopted on December 10, 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. Join AAAS for a breakfast and talk commemorating this important day.

SITU Research is an interdisciplinary design firm based in Brooklyn, New York that focuses on integrating design strategies, methodologies and instrumentation in the service of human rights fact-finding and reporting in both legal and advocacy contexts. Funded by MacArthur, Oak and Open Society Foundations, SITU has undertaken collaborations with a diverse range of partners, including the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B’tselem, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), as well as projects with international legal teams, award-winning journalists and leading academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon and Princeton Universities.

Most recently, SITU Research built an interactive platform for Amnesty International that organizes and visualizes their 2016 investigation and evidence of scorched earth and chemical weapons campaigns in the Jebel Mara region of Sudan. Earlier this year, SITU also collaborated with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to build the court’s first digital, interactive tool for displaying evidence during a trial. The platform was developed and deployed for the ICC’s first case prosecuting the destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime. The robust and comprehensive evidence presented during the trial was an important factor leading the defendant to plead guilty, another first for the ICC.

Bradley Samuelsis a founding partner and director of SITU Research. Samuels is regularly invited to present SITU’s work at the intersection of design and human rights. Recent lectures include participating in a panel at the Queens Museum's panel on data visualization, speaking at The Starr Forum on Human Rights and Technology at MIT’s Center for International Studies, presenting at NYU Law and Columbia Law on technology’s role in international criminal law and justice, lecturing at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) on expanding architectural techniques to new fields, and presenting before the American Society of International Law.

Samuels teaches in the studio sequence in the undergraduate Barnard / Columbia Architecture program. He also sits on the board of The Architectural League of New York and is part of the Advisory Group for the Human Rights Methodology Lab, a joint initiative between NYU Law and Columbia Law. He holds a B.A. from Vassar College in Art History and a B. Arch from the Cooper Union School of Architecture.