DigitHarium Month #7: Biometrics and Humanitarian Protection
For the seventh DigitHarium month, we looked at how we can make biometric data work for humanitarian organizations: what they are, how they function, what advantages they present, and what mitigation measures we need to consider to make them safer to use in fragile settings.
For the seventh Digital Dilemmas Dialogue, our Tokyo delegation invited Cristiano Blanez, Manager for the International Organization Team at NEC, to discuss the work currently being done in the development of biometric technologies. During the discussion, we went over the nature of biometric data, what distinguishes them from other types of sensitive data, what advantages they can bring to humanitarian operations, and what risks we need to be mindful of before determining whether we want to use them.
Digital Dilemmas Dialogue #7: Biometrics, personal data and humanitarian protection
22.09.21 | Online recording available
For the seventh Digital Dilemmas Debate, we invited experts from the humanitarian, technical and operational fields to discuss what the introduction of biometrics might mean for humanitarian programmes. We focused 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.
Digital Dilemmas Debate #7: Biometrics - 'Overpurposed' by design?
30.09.21 | Online recording available
Finally, to complement these different reflections, we invited two ICRC experts to analyze and explain how modern techniques in information security can – or cannot – be applied to the unique nature of biometrics data in the humanitarian context.
DigitHarium blog post: Biometrics in humanitarian action: a delicate balance, by Vincent Graf Narbel and Justinas Sukaitis
02.09.21 | Available online
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)
The ICRC biometrics policy (2019)
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