Attempting to contribute to a more critical understanding of the role of technology in humanitarian action, this article explores the topography of the ´humanitarian cyberspace
as it has emerged since the mid-1990s. As an analytical term, this is a composite of ´cyberspace, and ´humanitarian space
. The article reflects on the relationship between the persistent features of humanitarian action, and new developments brought on by ICT technology. While much remains the same, the emergence of a humanitarian cyberspace also brings about a set of changed conditions. Technology – and the attendant idea that access to information constitutes relief – alters the modes of intervention, the relationship between actors, and the nature of relief. In order to develop a deeper understanding of the humanitarian cyberspace as a concept in its own right, the article explores this field through the prism of the ´shrinking humanitarian space narrative and reflects critically on the future of the shrinking space narrative.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2016) The humanitarian cyberspace: shrinking space or an expanding frontier?, Third World Quarterly 37 (1): 17–32.