“European leaders need to bring immigration numbers down, and metadata on smartphones could be just what they need to start sending migrants back”
In short this is the antithesis of the use of tech/data that MyInform was conceived to address.
It is however an inevitable outcome of knowledge being used as the 21st material of sword vs ploughshare and it is critical to engage with how this is unfolding, with little or no attention to how it represents yet another level of dehumanising of ‘the other’ that we are all guilty of perpetrating if we do not stand against it.
In direct juxtaposition, the ability exists to use the lifeline of mobile phones and online connectivity that could give the displaced the chance to find a place of asylum to rebuild their lives and become contributing members of host societies, and for host societies to best accommodate and benefit from this as an opportunity.
It is down to what we build, what we fund, and what we support as to what use the amazing power of data exchange is used in interaction with the displaced … for surveillance or for informed dialogue.