We have an opportunity to reimagine humanitarian communication and community engagement in a technology age that does not replicate the inequalities of the past. Who gets to speak, who gets spoken at and who gets completely missed are perspectives that we need to interrogate to ensure that people who access humanitarian services and are most affected by digital developments can have a greater say in what this might look like.
The objective of CDAC’s 2020 Annual Global Forum is to engage in a critical and inclusive discussion with global leaders from different spheres for a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder dialogue. When most convenings and conversations around AI and ethics are focused in the global north, this conference aims to act as a platform to shift the emphasis and discourse from top down technology solutions and humanitarians to one that is far wider ranging and inclusive in its perspectives. We seek to amplify different values, ethics, philosophies that drive the majority of the world's cultures to have a greater influence in how we collectively think about our futures. We seek to pull out biases, exclusionary practices and mental models, and to challenge our assumptions about why we (or society) think current actions are ethical (or not), how we arrive at such views, and whether we are justified in thinking so.
The CDAC global public forum will be hosted by the ICRC in Geneva between 27-28 October 2020 (followed by the CDAC General Assembly on 29 October 2020). The event will host approximately 200 people working in the humanitarian, development, academic, technology and media development fields. We also expect this forum to be streamed live to a global audience.
Find out more about the this forum by reading the Concept Note below.
Interested in participating in the event? Take a look at our Call for Ideas.