Critical Approaches to Humanitarian Technology: Accountability, Decision-making and New Actors

Date/Time: 28/11/2013  09:30 - 17:30

Location: PRIO

The humanitarian enterprise is characterized by considerable optimism regarding the possibility of improving humanitarian action through technology. The uses of cell phones, social media platforms, geo-spatial technologies and various forms of crowd-sourcing have fundamentally altered how humanitarian crises are detected, analyzed and addressed.

While the “new humanitarianism” of the period 1995-2005 was about human rights based approaches, the contemporary “new humanitarianism” is about technological innovation. Yet, despite the great potential and many positive effects of technological innovation, it can also compromise humanitarian action and humanitarian decision-making, and obscure issues of accountability and legality. It is frequently argued that technology can have a transformative effect for victims of disaster, but is aid becoming more effective, are power relations getting more equal?

This academic seminar aims at fostering a critical research agenda for humanitarian studies by organizing a set of multi-disciplinary panels. This conference is in collaboration with PRIO, as part of the Critical Humanitarian Technology Project.


Critical Approaches to Humanitarian Technology Conference (day 1) – Program


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