16 December 2021 10:00 - 12:30 CET

"Digital technologies in warfare: mitigating the human cost": debates and the IRRC launch

Speakers & panellists

Sergey Karelov

Sergey Karelov

PhD, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Witology, Chairman of the League of Independent IT Experts. Author of the channel "The world is not easy".

Amandeep Gill

Amandeep Gill

Director of the International Digital Health and AI Research Collaborative of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. Member of the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group drafting a recommendation on the ethics of AI.

Massimo Marelli

Massimo Marelli

Head of the Data Protection Office at the ICRC. Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge, and at the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, Maastricht. Co-editor of the DigitHarium.

Elena Chernenko

Elena Chernenko

PhD, Head of International Section, Kommersant newspaper, member of Presidium of the RF Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, member of the PIR Center Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance.

About the event

Digital technologies represent both a beacon of hope and a series of unprecedented risks.

Such risks include data leaks, cyberoperations, challenges of control over AI and autonomous wearpons, misinformation, disinformation and hate speach online. When digital technologies are used in armed conflicts as a means and method of warfare, they bring about humanitarian consequences, which the applicable rules of international humanitarian law are meant to mitigate.

There are also overarching themes relating to digital technologies in wartime, informing laws, policies and practice, namely, "trust" and "ethics". Indeed, principled humanitarian action, just like data sharing, is based on trust, and even means and methods of warfare should be informed by ethical framework. That's what we would like our guest speakers to focus on. 



Welcome and presentation of the Review
Bruno Demeyere, Editor-in-Chief, IRRC


"Digital technologies in warfare: mitigating the human cost": discussion
Sergey Karelov, Amandeep Gill, Massimo Marelli. Moderator - Elena Chernenko.


Questions and answers



Bruno Demeyere, Editor-in-Chief, IRRC

The event will take place in Zoom with simultaneous Russian/English translation. 

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Download the International Review of the Red Cross #913:

"Digital tecnnologies and war" (in English)

"Digital technologies and war" (in Russian)

Also read

Handbook on data protection in humanitarian action

Hacking humanitarians: Defining the cyber perimeter and developing a cyber security strategy for international humanitarian organizations in digital transformation

The SolarWinds hack: lessons for humanitarians

Cyber Disruption of Humanitarian Assistance


Date & Time

16 December 2021 10:00 - 12:30 CET

Online event