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The DCDR Framework is currently a work in progress.


A research focused on establishing a technical description of the Harms that can be applied to data across its lifecycle.

The Digital Harms Taxonomy

The DCDR Data Lifecycle informs the work for the DCDR Digital Harms.

The next step in the DCDR Framework is establishing the different Harms a data structure can be subjected to and arrange it under a taxonomy.

For technologists to adopt a Rights-protecting paradigm, they need to be able to technically describe the different Digital Harms they will want to avoid and, as a result the, Digital Rights they wish to observe.

Defining a Digital Harm

In the DCDR Framework, a Harm is any OPERATION that shortens an OBJECT Lifecycle (in TIME).

The DCDR Digital Harms informs the work for the DCDR Digital Rights.

Licensing and distribution

As all materials created by The IO Foundation, the Digital Harms Taxonomy, a component of the DCDR Framework, is published under TIOF Public Licensing Model.


The Digital Harms Taxonomy, as any other component of the DCDR advocacy, is subjected to improvements.

How to contribute

Anyone wishing to submit an improvement to the Digital Harms Taxonomy, can do so via the Digital Harms Taxonomy folder in the DCDR repository.


  • Establish a working group to research on the Digital Harms Taxonomy based on the Data lifecycle

  • Produce a research paper documenting the Digital Harms taxonomy

  • Design a syllabus for the dissemination of the Digital Harms taxonomy

  • Promote the awareness and understanding of the research results

  • Incorporate the research's results in the Universal Declaration of Digital Rights

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