The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is convening a webinar discussion with experts about "Digital Technologies and Humanitarian Action in Armed Conflict". This event marks the start of a yearly global conversation hosted by the International Review of the Red Cross (the Review) on cross-cutting issues of international humanitarian law, humanitarian policy and action. The public event will take place online on Thursday 18 March 2021, from 13:30 to 15:00 CET (please register here).
Opening and closing remarks will be delivered by ICRC President Peter Maurer, welcoming remarks will be delivered by Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy, and the event will be co-moderated by Helen Durham and Bruno Demeyere, Editor-in-Chief of the Review.
We live in a digital age. Digital technologies have become an inescapable part of nearly everyone's lives, even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created opportunities as well as dependencies and risks. People affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence have not been exempted from the impact of these developments. If anything, often it can be observed how the costs and benefits of digital technologies are put under a magnifying glass for affected people in humanitarian crises.
Bringing together a diverse set of experts and perspectives from the humanitarian and private sectors, government, academia, and those from the frontlines, this discussion will explore the risks and benefits of digitalization in humanitarian action, as well as how digitalization has impacted armed conflicts and conduct of hostilities. Panellists will seek to provide answers to the following questions:
- How are digital risks, such as misinformation, disinformation and hate speech, impacting humanitarian activities?
- What are the benefits, as well as the legal, policy and ethical considerations of using digital technologies, such as AI and machine learning mechanisms, in humanitarian practice?
- What are some lessons learned, from both the public and private sector?
- And, what are the humanitarian consequences of and legal frameworks applicable to the 'digitalization' of armed conflicts?
Join us in this global discussion and find answers to these, and many more questions, with us.
Please note: there is a limited number of attendees that can join the webinar. Please make sure to register beforehand, if you wish to join.