21 May 2024 18:00 - 21:00 CEST

Digital Dilemmas: Building Digital Resilience in Humanitarian Crises

About the event

When digital technologies intersect with humanitarian crises, understanding the risks and opportunities they can bring is paramount. Organized by the EPFL EssentialTech Centre and the ICRC, in partnership with the EPFL Center for Digital Trust (C4DT), Digital Dilemmas: Building Digital Resilience in Humanitarian Crises will explore the real-life consequences technology can have for vulnerable populations in conflict zones.

Speakers will delve into the digital risks for people affected by humanitarian crises and map out actionable steps that stakeholders across various sectors — ranging from humanitarians, academia, government, to the private sector — can take to address these pressing challenges.

The discussion will also examine the existence of digital dilemmas in peacetime and explore questions regarding how users can be more responsible in their digital usage and how tech providers can be more accountable.

Through engaging talks and dialogue, participants will explore and strategize effective solutions to mitigate digital dilemmas.

You will find here https://epfl-pavilions.ch/en/exhibitions/digital-dilemmas more information on the immersive exhibition Digital Dilemmas: Humanitarian Consequences, hosted at EPFL

Pavilions from May 3 to July 14, 2024 and presented by the EPFL EssentialTech Centre and the ICRC with EPFL Pavilions, in partnership with the EPFL Center for Digital Trust (C4DT).

 

Programme:

17:30 - Doors open
18:00 - Welcome statement from Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL
18:10 - Introduction by Gilles Carbonnier, Vice-President of ICRC
18:20 - Panel discussion moderated by Grégoire Castella, Head of Humanitarian Division, EssentialTech Centre

  • Ariane Bauer, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, ICRC
  • Carmela Troncoso, Associate Professor, Security and Privacy Engineering, EPFL SPRING Lab
  • Katharina Frey, Deputy Head of Division for Digital Foreign Policy, FDFA
  • Anton Aschwanden, Head of Public Policy for International Geneva & Switzerland, Google

19:00 - Discussion and Q&A
19:35 - Concluding remarks by Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, Associate Vice President for Centers and Platforms
19:45 - Apéritif and music by GVA Sessions
21:00 - The end

Date & Time

21 May 2024 18:00 - 21:00 CEST

Venue address

Forum Rolex
Campus EPFL, Lausanne
Switzerland