Humanitarian situations and the evolving role of ICTs

An ISS PhD alumni webinar
Wednesday 6 Jul 2022, 15:00 - 16:00
Spoken Language
Online via Zoom
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This webinar brings together two articles that explore the role of Informational Communication Technologies (ICTs) in reflecting and responding to local socioeconomic dynamics and mediating the impacts of disaster and conflict.

Holly Ritchie considers ICTs as embedded within a context of social and gendered norms and explores processes of digital inclusion among Somali women refugees in the fragile context of urban Kenya.

Rodrigo Mena explores ICT and digital payments, platforms and cryptocurrencies and asks how these have shaped humanitarian action in the Ukrainian conflict.

Both papers ask how ICTs can prove transformational and our understanding of technologies and their use be deepened to foster greater inclusion of vulnerable groups, and improved accountability and responsiveness of aid agencies and humanitarian actors.

This seminar is held in the PhD alumni webinar series, hosted by Sarah Gammage and Rodrigo Mena

'An institutional perspective to bridging the divide'

'An institutional perspective to bridging the divide: The case of Somali women refugees fostering digital inclusion in the volatile context of urban Kenya' New Media and Society (2022) Holly Ritchie.

This article examines the growing influence of ICTs in refugee contexts and the role of civil society. It draws on a case study of Somali refugees in Kenya.

Dr Holly Ritchie

'Digital Humanitarianism in a Kinetic War: Taking Stock of Ukraine'

'Digital Humanitarianism in a Kinetic War: Taking Stock of Ukraine' Global Policy, (May 21, 2022) Rodrigo Mena and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

The focus in this article is on the digital transformation of the humanitarian sector and the alternative use of technology by various actors to respond to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the war in Ukraine, for example, the use of platforms such as Airbnb, Telegram, or cryptocurrencies for money transfers.

Dr Rodrigo Mena

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