This workshop presents some of the key findings from the Do No Harm project and invites participants to reflect on the larger issue of how the digital transformation of aid and humanitarian innovation initiatives have challenged the sector – but also contributed to more accountable humanitarian action.
The growing import of ICTs and data, and new partnerships with the private sector, generate new ethical, legal and operational questions for humanitarians. Grappling with challenges arising from technology implementation in emergency contexts, the project Do No Harm: Ethical Humanitarian Innovation and Digital Bodies has investigated cybersecurity threats, profit motifs, experimental practices and the securitisation of data in the humanitarian sector.
Students, researchers and practitioners are most welcome to sign up (a limited number of seats available – you may kindly explain your motivation in the comments field). Please sign up here by 16 May. Please contact Kristoffer@prio.org if you have any questions.
10:00-10:15: Introduction and welcome by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (Research Professor, University of Oslo and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO))
10:15-10:45: From the Critical Humanitarian Technology project to Humanitarian extractivism: Highlight project findings
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik and Kristoffer Lidén (Senior Researcher, PRIO)
10:45-12:00: Looking forward. Papers and discussion
Chaired by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (Research Director, PRIO) and discussant Kristoffer Lidén and Ben Hayes (Research Associate, PRIO and Strategy Director, AWO Agency)
13:00-14:15: Looking backwards. Papers and discussion
Chaired by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik and discussant Larissa Fast and Katja Lindskov Jacobsen
14:15-14:30: Wrap up
This workshop is co-hosted by PRIO and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.