Photo: flickr / Chipema Chinyama for USAID
Photo: flickr / Chipema Chinyama for USAID

This workshop presents some of the key findings from the Do No Harm project and invites participants to reflect on the larger issue of how the digital transformation of aid and humanitarian innovation initiatives have challenged the sector – but also contributed to more accountable humanitarian action.

The growing import of ICTs and data, and new partnerships with the private sector, generate new ethical, legal and operational questions for humanitarians. Grappling with challenges arising from technology implementation in emergency contexts, the project Do No Harm: Ethical Humanitarian Innovation and Digital Bodies has investigated cybersecurity threats, profit motifs, experimental practices and the securitization of data in the humanitarian sector.

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| 10:00–10:15 | Introduction and welcomeKristin Bergtora Sandvik, Research Professor, University of Oslo and Peace Research Institute Oslo | | --- | --- | | 10:15–10:45 | From the Critical Humanitarian Technology project to Humanitarian extractivism: Highlight project findingsKristin Bergtora Sandvik and Kristoffer Lidén, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo | | 10:45–12:00 | Looking forward. Papers and discussion

Chaired by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Research Director, Peace Research Institute Oslo and discussant Kristoffer Lidén and Ben Hayes, Research Associate, PRIO and Strategy Director, AWO Agency.

  • Data sharing
    Larissa Fast, Professor, The University of Manchester

  • Humanitarian technology in geopolitical context
    Katja Lindskov Jacobsen, Senior Researcher, University of Copenhagen

  • Digital experimentalism in aid from drones to DNA
    Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

| | 12:00–13:00 | Lunch | | 13:00–14:15 | Looking backwards. Papers and discussion

Chaired by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik and discussant Larissa Fast and Katja Lindskov Jacobsen.

  • Humanitarian activism and the shifting role of digital tools
    Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert

  • Data protection revisited
    Ben Hayes

  • Ethics of the ethics of humanitarian technology and innovation
    Kristoffer Lidén

| | 14:15–14:30 | Wrap up |

The workshop is co-hosted by PRIO and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.