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Friday, May 18 • 10:30 - 11:45
Data literacy for humanitarian and human rights workers in conflict and armed violence

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The increasing amounts of data available to humanitarian and human rights workers has an immense potential to solve many existing problems in these sectors. However, the use of such data has the potential to pose equally concerning risks to the very beneficiaries of such activities. In situations of armed conflict and ongoing rights abuses, breaches of data stores can risk exposing already vulnerable people to increased surveillance, discrimination, or persecution by ill-intentioned third parties on the grounds of ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, religion, gender, etc. Data may be aggregated to create datasets used for malicious purposes by parties to a conflict.
In light of these risks, data protection must be at the heart of efforts towards increasing capacities to use and analyze data within the humanitarian and human rights sectors. This session will engage these sectors, as well as the wider technological community, in order to answer key questions around i) whether it is even possible do analytics with a humanitarian purpose while emphasizing data protection, ii) what the necessary competencies and knowledge are required to do so, and iii) how we can engage the humanitarian community in protecting people from these risks while building their data literacy.

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Heather Leson

Digital Innovation Lead, IFRC
Heather Leson is driven by a world where everyone lends a hand. She delivers innovative products and experiences with global networks at the intersection of social impact, strategy, technology, and open principles. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Combined Political Science... Read More →

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Alix Dunn

Executive Director, The Engine Room
Alix is a specialist in organisational development and strategy, and technology for social change. She advises partners on how to use data and technology effectively, responsibly and impactfully. She is a leading trainer and advisor in data and technology for partners ranging from... Read More →
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Anahi Ayala Iacucci

Senior Director, Humanitarian Programmes, Internews
Anahi Ayala Iacucci leads the Internews Humanitarian team as the Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs. Anahi plays a key role in developing Internews’ global Humanitarian program strategies; while also closely supporting teams in the field and managing Internews Emergency Response... Read More →
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Milena Marin

Senior Advisor for Tactical Research, Amnesty International
I have over ten years’ experience working at the intersection of technology, data and social good on issues like human rights, public sector transparency, anti-corruption and open data. Currently, I am with Amnesty’s Evidence Lab, where I work on complex human rights investigations... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT