Our in-house software engineers openly document the development
of Uwazi on the GitHub platform. At HURIDOCS, we
believe that any technology being developed for human rights work needs to be
open source. The open-source software development model embraces
values such as transparency, collaboration, inclusivity and
community. Open-source development does not guarantee utility or
security, but it does facilitate input from a wide selection of
people—human rights defenders, developers, security
experts—whose expertise is fundamental to a successful product.
Recognition for Uwazi
Uwazi certified as a digital public good
In August 2022, Uwazi was reviewed and found to be a digital public good
in alignment with the Digital Public Goods Standard. Digital public goods are open source software, open data, open AI models, open standards and open content that adhere to privacy and other applicable laws, use best practices, do no harm, and help to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Uwazi
now appears in the digital public goods registry
where it is discoverable as a digital public good and reflected on a growing network of catalogues and aggregated lists of digital public goods.
Uwazi recognised as a finalist in Fast Company's 2022 World-Changing Ideas Awards
In May 2022, Uwazi was recognised as a finalist in the AI and data category of Fast Company’s 2022 World-Changing Ideas Awards
. The winners, finalists and honourees in the AI and data category, are all projects that harness the power of data, machine learning, or artificial intelligence to understand the world and empower change.
Uwazi named the winner of the CogX's 2021 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Award
In June 2021, HURIDOCS has been named the winner of the Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Award
at the 2021 edition of CogX, a UK-based festival of AI and emerging technology. The Award recognises HURIDOCS' machine learning work, such as some of the smart features that are available in Uwazi. Among other things, these features can automatically fetch information from an online source, extract the basic elements of a document, and make highly accurate suggestions for how to categorise it.
HURIDOCS selected as a Google AI Impact Challenge grantee
In May 2019, Google announced
that HURIDOCS is one of 20 organisations that will share 25 million US dollars in grants from the Google Artificial Intelligence Impact Challenge
. The grant was used to develop and use machine learning methods to extract, explore and connect relevant information in laws, jurisprudence, victim testimonies, and resolutions.