Technology increasingly touches on and influences ways we connect, communicate and manage our lives. Common hashtags on social media like ‘#ICT4D’ and ‘#M4D’champion collective, tech-driven approaches to improve humanitarian action and development outcomes.
We're looking more broadly to technology to lower barriers to people's’ participation in the design and delivery of humanitarian systems and services. Our membership is unique in bringing together diverse actors in and outside the humanitarian sector to tackle unfolding challenges and ensure disaster-affected communities have the means to regain greater control over their lives.
We're pushing for closer, more effective collaboration in uses of technology, allowing for more accurate disaster early warning systems, faster sharing of life-saving information, greater ability for people to connect and be heard, increased access to education, health, goods and livelihoods and more targeted and timely response in emergencies.
The flip side – automated weapons systems, online surveillance and cyber crime, to name a few areas – is creating new and sometimes unforeseen dangers that call for action to support people in crisis and those involved in humanitarian response to understand and address the risks, responsibilities and consequences.
Contact: Hannah Murphy, Communication and Community Engagement Advisor, Innovation and Technology Programmes