The ICRC make it clear that the urgency and visceral day to day ordeals faced in humanitarian work relies more and more on tech to succeed. HTiL believe this is not as an added extra, but at the core of sustainable solutions for planning and delivery. In the ICRC article they highlight with resignation and trepidation that this as a de facto scenario, that which is occurring in the field whether we like it or not; HTiL would argue however it is essential to support and expand if we want to subscribe to joined up thinking for all humanitarians, from critical crises field workers to immigration and emigration policy campaigners, in order to address our current global Context.
The digital transformation described in this article, highlights with good grounds the dangers that must be considered at every step, and the manifold effects of data exchange in terms of privacy and security. But HTiL would suggest we focus most productively on the excellent ICRC guidelines and those of EFF, etc… as the way forward in terms of addressing risk analysis as well as the all important proposals for risk mitigation in the face of this inevitable “digital” future. Problems are critical to recognise, but the energy to create and engage with the multiplicity of solutions is what we at HTiL propose to do via MyInform.
The progress that digital transformation of humanitarianism represents is that which should be addressed head on; with the most cutting edge harnessing of what technology has to offer, rather than avoidance of embracing its unique ability for delivering at speed (if not instantly) the data needed day to day for sustainable, scalable and transferable solutions. What is in the field today is only scratching the surface of a much greater potential to empower productively all those concerned in humanitarian work, receiving and delivering, to come together to create a better, safer and more prosperous global future.