Law and Policy Events 19 October 2023 13:30 - 14:30 CEST

Protecting Civilians Against Digital Threats During Armed Conflict

About the event



In situations of armed conflict, access to and the integrity of digital technology is of significant importance and can save lives. At the same time, the digitalization of armed conflicts brings new threats for civilians and those who work to protect them. While state and non-state actors have used digital technology to overcome their adversaries militarily, digital technologies have also been used to disable critical civilian infrastructure and services, to incite violence against civilian populations, to disrupt medical and humanitarian relief efforts, or to undermine trust in the latter. What limits does international humanitarian law set on such operations, and which legal and policy measures should belligerents, tech companies, and humanitarian organizations take to protect civilians from new threats?

Over the past two years, the ICRC's President has chaired a 'Global Advisory Board' of high-level leaders and experts from the legal, military, policy, technological and security field to advise the ICRC on digital threats and identify concrete recommendations to protect civilians against them. In this event, the Board will present its final report featuring four guiding principles and a set of concrete legal and policy recommendations to states, belligerents, tech companies, and humanitarian organizations to prevent or mitigate digital threats.


Date & Time

19 October 2023 13:30 - 14:30 CEST

Online event