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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Datafied Refuge: Navigating new digital borders for refugees in the city

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This workshop convenes a critical session surrounding the development, use, and experience of emerging ICTs for ‘integration’ amongst refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrant populations at destinations. With smartphones to hand, many refugees today document their traversals and communicate with family scattered across the globe, creating and leaving data trails. Once they reach an intermediary or final destination, biometric data is recorded in order to process visas or asylum documents, even to grant access to benefits schemes. As they enter new cultural and geographical contexts, refugees are subject to more data processing - as job seekers and housing applicants, or as users of civic tech for integration The workshop invites participants at RightsCon, especially those potentially affected by these technologies, to take part in producing a set of easily accessible guidelines to ensure that the development of refugee centred technologies take a rights-based approach. It brings together speakers (and break out group facilitators) from the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, the Localization Lab, UNHCR, and the International Rescue Committee, who are engaged with either the development or critical evaluation of technologies used in migration contexts.

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Bushra Ebadi

Youth Advisor and Executive Committee Member, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Bushra Ebadi is a social innovator, interdisciplinary researcher, and storyteller who works to advance the agency of marginalized individuals and communities around the world. She serves as a Youth Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy... Read More →

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Matt Mahmoudi

Jo Cox PhD Scholar, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge
Matt is a PhD candidate in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Program Lead at TheWhistle.org, an academic spin-out developing and researching digital human rights reporting suites. As Jo Cox Scholar, his research focuses on technological marginalisation... Read More →
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Eleanor Marchant

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy
I'm a researcher specializing in communication, technology innovation, and startup culture, internet policymaking, internet shutdowns, internet connectivity as a human right, and connectivity in conflict and crisis, particularly for refugees, with a focus on the African context.Will... Read More →

Dragana Kaurin

Founder & Director, Localization Lab
Dragana Kaurin is a human rights researcher and ethnographer working at the intersection of technology, human rights and migration. She is the founder and executive director of Localization Lab, a non-profit organization that works on technology adoption with local communities, research... Read More →
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Kira Allmann

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford
I work on community networks, digital inequality, and alternative internet ownership models. I'm also interested in the environmental impact of the internet and politics/policies related to internet infrastructure.
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Fran Penfold

Social Media Specialist
Hello! I'm a specialist in using social media to communicate with communities in crisis. For the last 3 years I've been working on the Refugee.Info project harnessing social media and refugee moderators to communicate directly with refugee populations in Europe, directly answering... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
Carthage 1 (Laico)