Date & Time
Thursday, 01 Mar
11:30 - 12:30
Hall 4 Auditorium 5
As we entered 2017, we saw the number of displaced people in the world hit a record high; globally 65.6 million people were displaced as a result of humanitarian crises. Conflicts, epidemics, food insecurity and natural disasters; humanitarian crises are increasing in complexity, increasing in prevalence and increasing in severity. Mobile technology provides the innovation platform and outreach opportunity to transform community preparedness, real-time communication during and acceleration of relief response following these events. In this part of the programme we deep-dive into the changing nature of technology in humanitarian crises. We ask the difficult questions facing the industry as crowd-sourced and informal solutions emerge to bridge the gap between disasters and response; how can we encourage data sharing and management of digital identities and who holds the responsibility when technology doesn’t work?
International Committee of the Red Cross
Deputy Director, Public Communication Division
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