DigitHarium Events 22 June 2021 14:00 - 14:45 CET

Digital Dilemmas Dialogue #5 Connectivity: need, privilege, lifeline?

Speakers & panellists

Alexandra Boivin
Moderator

Alexandra Boivin

Head of Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy (ICRC)

Peter Maurer
Speaker

Peter Maurer

President of the ICRC

Franz Fayot
Speaker

Franz Fayot

Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg

About the event

How important is connectivity for people living through a crisis? How can connectivity support humanitarian operations? And what happens when connectivity fails - or is denied?

To launch the fifth DigitHarium month, we have invited Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC and Franz Fayot, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, to discuss the role that connectivity is having in humanitarian spaces. In particular, we will focus on how digital connectivity has changed the way we can stay in touch with and provide services to people that might be otherwise inaccessible in an emergency, what the main opportunities and barriers to establishing connectivity in humanitarian spaces are – and how states and humanitarian organizations can collaborate to address them.

The discussion will be the first event of the June thematic path - Connectivity as aid, Connectivity for aid, and Connectivity denial.

The series

The Digital Dilemmas Dialogues are a series of one-on-one discussions about the humanitarian digital transformation, its implications and the work ahead. This 30-odd minutes chat brings together prominent experts and stakeholders from various sectors to explore the humanitarian consequences of a new type or trend in digital technologies each month, and offer reflections on what is coming next.

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

Additional resources

Chapter 8 of the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action (2nd Edition)

 [VIDEO EXPLAINER] Connectivity as aid (01:14)

 

Questions? Comments? Ideas?
Feel free to write to Silvia Pelucchi at: spelucchi@icrc.org

Date & Time

22 June 2021 14:00 - 14:45 CET

Online event