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Thursday, June 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
The humanitarian cybersecurity and privacy problem

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In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn and interact with ICRC experts on important aspects related to the use of technologies and data in humanitarian action in particular through the following prisms or angles: 1 – The ‘traditional’ cybersecurity angle: Do you know how to protect affected people's data? do you do it? This part will focus on understanding what data flows surround humanitarian worker, why they should pay attention to them, and how they can help to protect them where needed. 2 – Opening the Pandora box of the data economy? Moving the conversation beyond the purely 'data protection' discourse to include certain actor's positive obligation not to collect or create business models that could put people at risk in warzones. More than words, what can be done? 3 - Shifting from a discourse of risk mitigation to one of positive responsibility Can we create a safe digital space for humanitarian action? what does it take? What a humanitarian purpose approach to data look like and what does it take to truly make happen?

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Yannick Heiniger

Partnerships Manager, ICRC
How to protect people is one of my core passion, and luckily, the priority area of work of the institution I work for, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC is a humanitarian organization mandated by States parties to the Geneva conventions to bring assistance... Read More →
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Fabien Leimgruber

Information Security Awareness Adviser, ICRC
I'm in charge of the Information Security Awareness inititative of the ICRC. So don't hesitate to talk to me about cyber security and training for your staff!

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
Oya 1 (Laico)