Viewing Reports

How can I see just one type of report?

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You can filter reports by type using the legend menu. Simply pull out the legend by clicking the legend icon, and then click on the type of report you would like to see. This type will then be highlighted. You can choose multiple categories of report, enabling you to compare more than one type of issue, and to filter by your topic and the most recent posts.

 

 

How can I find all the reports about one company?

If you are looking for information about a specific company, chemical or incident then our search option provides all you need. Simply use the search bar at the top of the map; enter the keyword or company you are looking for and you will be provided with a list of all the reports containing that key word, in date order (most recent at the top).

 

How can I find reports in my home town?

If you would like to see what is happening in your home town, you can either use the zoom tools to the left of the screen to move the map over your home town. Alternatively, you can use the search option to search for you town name. This will zoom you to the correct part of the map, and give you a list of all the reports that include your towns name.

 

Can I get alerts when something happens near me?

This is a feature we will be adding in the future, sign up for our development mailing list to find out when that happens.

 

Can I get a weekly update on new reports?

This is a feature we will be adding in the future, sign up for our development mailing list to find out when that happens.

 

Why are some reports grey?

Reports that are grey have been archived. This means they are more than 14 days old. We make them grey so it becomes easier to see the most recent information on the map. We feel that it important that we also retain a historical image of what has been posted, and this is why they will still appear on the map – depending on the time frame set on the time line.

 

What do I do if I disagree with a report?

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If you think that a report should not be on VOZ, either because it is endangering somebodies life, is inaccurate or is being used for promotional purposes, the you can flag the report using the flag button at the bottom of each report. This will alert VOZ staff to your concern and we will then be able to enter into a dialogue about how to best solve the issue.

 

 

Why are there so many reports by VOZ, I thought this was for local knowledge?

In the first month or two of VOZ we have been posting reports in order to show people how the site works and to give examples to prospective users. As time goes on we will be doing this less and less, until only reports added by local people are being shown. If you have a concern about something the VOZ staff have posted, then you can use the ‘flag’ button at the end of each report.

 

How can I download a data set for use in other programs?

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During the beta phase of VOZ our data tools are extremely limited, but can be accessed by clicking the ‘data tools’ button. As we continue to roll out features and functionality we will be adding the ability to download anonymised data sets from the VOZ site.

Our data will be available in both spatial and temporal forms using industry recognised formats such as GeoJSON. We want to allow the local data gathered by VOZ to be integrated with other software without compromising the high level of privacy and security that is at the centre of the VOZ concept. For example, layering VOZ pollution reports over a map of river quality analysis could allow correlation to be made between field data and real world events.

Join our development mailing list to find out when this feature is added.

 

Is my data safe when it is downloaded for other programs?

Any data that is available for download will be completely annonymised before it is downloaded. No identifiable data is stored alongside any report on our servers, and thus it will never be possible to compromise the safety of our users as we implement our data tools options.


Posting Reports

 

I don’t have a username, how to do I get one?

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If you fulfill the membership criteria, then you can join VOZ and start posting reports by using the ‘Join button’ in the main menu. Our membership criteria says that you;

Promote one or more of the following: Human Rights, tolerance, gender equality, environmental justice, racial equality, indigenous rights.

Are locally invested and made up of members of, and representatives of, the local community.

Have limited access to ways of publicising their cause. i.e. unable to reach mainstream or popular media either locally, nationally or internationally.

Do not reduce local communities’ ability to exercise control over their lives

 

How did you develop the membership criteria?

The membership policy is designed to ensure that those who require a platform to voice their concerns are able to be heard. The criteria below has been produced through a collaborative effort involving a number of NGOs and Grassroots movements. It is also open to negation and discussion as part of our on-going commitment to working in dialogue with NGOs and movements.

 

I know an organisation who I think should use VOZ, how do I invite them?

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If you are already a member, and want to invite somebody else to use VOZ, you can simply click the ‘invite’ button on the main menu. This will produce an automatic invite to the new organisation.

If you are not a member yet, we suggest that you send them an email, and let them know all about us. Or sign up yourself first and then invite them.

 

What do I do if I disagree with a report?

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If you think that a report should not be on VOZ, either because it is endangering somebodies life, is inaccurate or is being used for promotional purposes, the you can flag the report using the flag button at the bottom of each report. This will alert VOZ staff to your concern and we will then be able to enter into a dialogue about how to best solve the issue.

 

 

Can I edit my report once it has been added?

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Reports can be edited using the edit button at the end of a report. This option is intended for making edits such as spelling mistakes, or correcting inaccurate location data. If the situation has change, we urge you to add a new post with the latest information rather than editing the original. This gives a better historic record of the events.

You will need to use the same log in details as were used for adding the original report.

 

 

How many pictures can I have on one report?

The number of pictures is actually unlimited. But we suggest 10 is a good maximum, and 1 strong image always works better than 20 weak ones.

 


The Role of VOZ

 

How does VOZ help spread our reports?

Each and every post added to VOZ is re-posted by the VOZ team to Twitter and Facebook. Each post will also appear in a daily and weekly briefing email available to anyone, but targeted at news and media outlets, as well as other SMOs, NGOs and development organisations.

VOZ is able to spread you reports without revealing the identity of the poster, or endangering the community. We have also spent a long time building up relationships with media and development organisations, meaning that we are able to target your reports in order to gain maximum exposure and support.


Security and Privacy

 

How are you funded?

One of the questions we get asked the most at VOZ is about how we are funded. And people are often surprised to hear that we take absolutely no corporate, government or venture capital financing.  We don’t believe it’s possible to serve two masters, and for us, the users of our system are the reason we’re here.  Although this has meant our development process has been slower, by refusing corporate, government or venture capital financing we can remain independent and can protect you better. You can find out more on our Funding Page.

Does Google have access to my data?

The short answer is no. We import Google maps as a layer within the application, but all of yours and our information is stored separately on highly secure and encrypted servers in Iceland. Although they appear as one item when you view the map, they are actually kept separate, and none of our data is stored on Google servers, or even in the USA.

How do you protect my identity when I am using VOZ?

Reports are only added under organisations names, this gives the report a degree of authenticity without naming individuals who maybe at risk. There is also the option to post anonymously. Which ever you choose, we do not collect any personally identifiable data, and because we dont have it, it means we can be forced to give it up to people who may not have our users best interests in mind.

Has VOZ been required by a FISA request to hand over data or keep any secrets connected to such a request?

As of the date of this report, VOZ has not been required by a FISA request to keep any secrets that are not outlined in our privacy or security policy as part of a national security order