A new website, Detention Logs, has been launched by a group of investigative journalists from The Guardian Australia, New Matilda and the Global Mail, making available a dataset of over 7,000 incidents that occurred within Australia’s network of immigration detention centres between October 2009 to May 2011. Obtained from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) through a Freedom of Information request, the data, which is fully downloadable, includes the records and information pertaining to each case.
As with the contract, signed between Serco and DIAC, parts of which were also obtained by New Matilda through a Freedom of Information request in Australia two years ago, the detention logs reveal potential new avenues of inquiry. We would love to hear from others who have used similar strategies in gathering information about border control. What are the strengths and what are some costs of using this technique?