Tom Longley

Deputy Director, Security Force Monitor

Tom Longley is a human rights and technology researcher. After studying law at university in the UK, since 1999 he has worked on field investigations of war crimes investigations in Kosovo and Sierra Leone. Since then he has worked with scores of organizations documenting large-scale human rights violations in Zimbabwe, Cambodia, and others. Longley has also worked for specialized technical and methodological support groups like Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS), leading the development of the first web-based open source tool for documenting human rights violations and Tactical Technology Collective, where, among other things, he co-wrote the book Visualising Information for Advocacy. As consultant to others—including Global Witness, Open Society Foundations, Institute for Development Studies and mySociety—he has written reports about the dramatic worldwide rise in killings of environmental defenders, the state of technology to assist human rights lawyers, and the impact of online freedom of information tools. He is the co-founder of Rudiment, a lab for new approaches in technology for human rights.