Sandvik publishes article about the humanitarian cyberspace

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In her recently published article The humanitarian cyberspace: shrinking space or an expanding frontier?, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies and Senior Researcher at PRIO) explores the topography of the ‘humanitarian cyberspace’ – a composite of ‘cyberspace’ and ‘humanitarian space’ – as it has emerged since the mid-1990s.

In an effort to contribute to a more critical understanding of the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in humanitarian action, Sandvik offers some observations about the conditions of the humanitarian cyberspace and reflects on the relationship between the persistent features of humanitarian action and new developments brought on by ICT. The prism through which the role of ICT in humanitarian action is explored is that of the ‘shrinking humanitarian space’.

The article, published in the Third World Quarterly journal, can be accessed in full here.