Technological change

Technology offers new ways of responding to humanitarian crisis (see Innovation). At the same time, changes in technology affect the contexts in which humanitarian work takes place, alter the needs of people and may even give rise to crisis itself. Humanitarians must therefore prepare themselves for the digitalization/automation of work, for the digital/cyber needs of crisis-affected people, to protect the increasingly individualized, magnetisable data in their possession, and perhaps even to respond to the consequences of cyber warfare.

Man demonstrating technological features of mobile phones to four young people

Photo: Internees Europe

Key references

Collection of news articles on the use of new technology in humanitarian action

Collection of articles addressing the humanitarian, legal, and ethical challenges posed by the use of new technologies in warfare

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