Sam Dubberley is the head of Amnesty's Evidence Lab. He has been with Amnesty since 2016, when he joined to set up and manage the Digital Verification Corps in the Crisis Response Team. The DVC is now a partnership between six global universities contributing directly to Amnesty’s open source research. The project was awarded international collaboration of the year at the Times Higher Education awards in 2019, and the innovative teaching award from the University of Cambridge in 2021.
Sam has conducted and led on a wide range of open source research for Amnesty International, including the 2021 Webby Award-winning platform "Teargas: An Investigation".
Sam is a fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, where he is also a research consultant for their Human Rights Big Data and Technology Project, and has been fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Colombia University. He has published research into the impact of open source investigation and vicarious trauma and is the co-editor of the book ‘Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Investigation, Documentation, and Accountability’ published by Oxford University Press in January 2020.
He serves on the advisory boards of the Syrian Archive and the University of California Network for Human Rights and Digital Fact-Finding.