Advances in technology possess the potential to both promote and impede humanitarian action. Whether through the monitoring of flows of displaced people, gathering data on rights abuses, or the development of new solutions for overcoming climate change, disaster response, and global health challenges, technological advancements have immense practical value for the humanitarian sector. Technological developments, however, possess an equal potential to undermine humanitarian goals. The use of intelligent technologies must be carefully regulated to combat their use as a tool of disinformation, political suppression, and deepening inequality. The potential use of intelligent technologies as a tool of disinformation, political suppression, and deepening inequality threatens the creation of or exacerbation of existing humanitarian crises. The Humanitarian Agenda’s research monitors and considers the utility of the development, implementation, and use of new technologies in the humanitarian sector.
- H. Andrew Schwartz
- Chief Communications Officer
- Paige Montfort
- Media Relations Manager, External Relations