Registration is now open for the 2021 Online Annual Public Forum!
This year’s forum – using the virtual event platform Hopin – will provide a platform through which thought leaders in humanitarian futures, aid technologists, communications and media development actors and local activists will interrogate ways to ensure the effective, equitable and ethical use of the rapidly expanding technical toolset in humanitarian action.
Over two three-hour sessions – held across Thursday October 7 and Friday October 8 – we will discuss the ways in which digital technologies can compel the inclusion of marginalised voices and enable locally-led drivers of communication, community engagement and accountability and seek to understand how to expand access and use of existing digital and communication technologies, particularly by those groups that lack visibility and voice. Each session as been designed to be interactive: come with questions you’d like to put to our panels of experts.
The forum will be moderated by Sangita Myska, Presenter, BBC News and Current Affairs. The keynote, the title of which is ‘How do we not lock people into future harm, indebtedness, or future inequity?’ will be delivered by Aarathi Krishnan, Tech and Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Kennedy Carr Centre and Affiliate at Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University.
The discussion topics will be as follows:
SESSION ONE: Thursday October 7, 2pm-5pm UK time Digital communication and accountability in action
• Discussion one: Listening vs ceding: changing the decision-making table.
• Discussion two: How data collected by digital channels can be used to inform decision making and increase accountability to affected people.
SESSION TWO: Friday October 8, 8am-11am UK time Is technology tipping the balance of power in aid?
• Discussion one: Localisation from afar?
• Discussion two: The limits of technology for accountability: how to ensure that the digital divide doesn’t silence the most vulnerable.