IDRG Conference 2017 3 March 2017 The Hague, The Netherlands
International Data Responsibility Conference 2017
Potential Risks of Collecting and Processing Digital Data in the European Migration Crisis.
Every spring, the International Data Responsibility Group organises the annual IDRG conference in The Hague. This annual meeting brings together experts and practitioners working with data for crisis-affected communities and the most at-risk populations worldwide. Through presentations by a variety of experts and several interactive workshops, participants explore the potential risks and harms that could be caused by using this data, and ways to prevent these from materializing. The theme for this year's conference will be the Potential Risks of Collecting and Processing Digital Data in the European Migration Crisis.
Presentation of the Annual IDRG Report One of the centrepieces of this conference was the presentation of the annual IDRG report, in which the IDRG members presented some of their latest work on data responsibility in the peace, justice and humanitarian sectors. The report will also features papers by our IDRG fellows, based on their experiences from the field visit to Athens and Lesbos (more information here). A digital version of the report will be made available on this website after the conference.
IDRG Fellows Presentations Another core element to the IDRG conference were the presentations by our 3 IDRG fellows: Mark Latonero (Data & Society Research Institute - New York City, US), Dani Poole (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative - Cambridge, US), and Julie Ricard (DataPop Alliance - New York City, US).
They visited Ritsona Camp in Athens and the Moria Reception and Identification Centre (R.I.C.) in Lesbos to gain a better understanding of the 'refugee data ecosystem' (the types of digital data streams that are collected, shared and processed for and about refugees), and potential risks that might be caused by this ecosystem. They especially focused on the pervasiveness and subsequent influence of technology among Syrian refugees in Greece.
Featured Speakers We were joined amongst others by: Keith Hiatt (Benetech) Mark Latonero (Mark Latonero Lead, Data & Human Rights Program, Data & Society Research Institute - New York City, US) Angie Lee (Food Security Specialist, World Food Programme) Dani Poole (PhD Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative - Cambridge, US) Nathaniel Raymond (Director, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative - Cambridge, US) Julie Ricard (Data-Pop Alliance) Sarah Telford(Head of the Humanitarian Data Exchange, OCHA) Stefaan Verhulst (Co-Founder and Director of Research, New York University GovLab - New York City, US)
IDRG 2016 You can find more information about the 2016 edition of the IDRG conference, including the programme and outcomes, here. For questions and comments please feel free to send us an email.