News

  • Analysis of sources for data on security forces: can computers help us out?

    Can computers help Security Force Monitor’s researchers increase the speed and accuracy of extracting relevant data about security forces from the text of news articles and reports?

  • February data update on WhoWasInCommand.com – SARS Nigeria, Mexico military garrisons, new Egypt units

    Since December 2017 we have made published two updates to WhoWasInCommand.com, adding a large number of new records, expanding others and making some corrections. Cumulatively, these updates increase the data available on WhoWasInCommand.com by 25%. In this blog post we’ll look in depth a recent restructure of the Nigerian Police Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS) and give a brief overview of other updates.

  • Launching WhoWasInCommand.com – a power tool for investigating security forces

    WhoWasInCommand.com makes it fast and easy to find detailed information about the chain of command, areas of operation, commanders and bases of the police, military and other security forces of a country and discover links to alleged human rights violations.

  • Learning from our users – first feedback on our prototype

    In mid-April we publicly released the first version of our web application for feedback. We sought out advice from human rights researchers, international criminal litigators, investigative journalists, and policy advocates – spending over an hour...

  • Why I started the Security Force Monitor

    Today we share our first release. A tool that brings to light something we have never seen so clearly in one place before: the structure and operations of security forces, surfaced and arranged from thousands of publicly-available sources.