DigitHarium Events 30 September 2021 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Digital Dilemmas Debate #7: Biometrics - 'Overpurposed' by design?

Video

Speakers & panellists

Patrick Hamilton
Host

Patrick Hamilton

Head of Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada (ICRC)

Stuart Campo
Moderator

Stuart Campo

Team Lead for Data Responsibility (OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data)

Dorothée Klaus
Speaker

Dorothée Klaus

Director of Relief and Social Services (UNRWA)

Sébastien Marcel
Speaker

Sébastien Marcel

Professor and Senior Researcher (Idiap Research Institute)

Elizabeth Shaughnessy
Speaker

Elizabeth Shaughnessy

Senior Data Privacy Analyst (Oxfam Great Britain)

About the event

How can we make biometrics work for humanitarian organizations? What programmes stand to benefit the most from their introduction? And what mitigation measures can we put in place to prevent misuse?

Building on the seventh Dialogue, we have invited experts from the humanitarian, technical and operational fields to discuss what the introduction of biometrics might mean for humanitarian programmes. We will focus in particular on the specific mitigation measures (both technical and policy-related) that humanitarians should implement to use biometrics as responsibly and as safely as possible.

The discussion is part of the September thematic month – Biometrics.

The series

The Digital Dilemmas Debates are a series of roundtable discussions between prominent experts and stakeholders from different sectors about the humanitarian digital transformation, its implications and the work ahead. Each month, they will explore a different type or trend in the technologies used to respond to various types of crisis, and offer reflections on what is coming next.

The Digital Dilemmas Debates are a component of the DigitHarium, which is part of the Humanitarian Data and Trust Initiative (HDTI).

 

Additional resources

Facilitating innovation, ensuring protection: the ICRC Biometrics Policy, by Ben Hayes and Massimo Marelli (12 min read)

Humanitarian experimentation, by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Katja Lindskov Jacobsen and Sean Martin McDonald (5 min read)

[VIDEO EXPLAINER] Biometrics (01:32)

[DISCUSSION] Digital Identity and Biometrics - Follow the Sun event (1:16:50)

The ICRC biometrics policy (2019)

Date & Time

30 September 2021 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Online event