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Title:Exacerbating the Vulnerabilities of Undocumented Migrants: The Risks Involved in the Humanitarian Information Activities of Migrant-Aid Organizations
Author(s):Newell, Bryce C.; Vannini, Sara; Gomez, Ricardo; Nemer, David
Subject(s):humanitarian information activities
information and communication technologies
information practices
Abstract:The information practices and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by humanitarian migrant-aid organizations, including activities that encompass collecting, storing, processing, analyzing, using, transmitting, and releasing data about migrants to the public can help humanitarian and migrant-aid organizations be more effective in their work. However, the use of ICTs and certain information practices in these contexts may also increase or exacerbate significant risks to the people these organizations intend to help. In this project, we examine and compare HIA-related activities in two distinct con-texts: 1) humanitarian organizations working to provide lifesaving assistance to undocumented migrants crossing clandestinely into the United States from Mexico, and 2) humanitarian organizations and colleges working to provide assistance and support to undocumented migrants already in the United States. We argue that humanitarian organizations need to develop an extraordinary and sophisticated awareness of the limits of information technologies regarding ethics, security, privacy, and permanence of digital information to truly help vulnerable populations rather than inadvertently increase their vulnerabilities.
Issue Date:2018
Series/Report:iConference 2018 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 is held by Bryce Newell, Sara Vannini, Ricardo Gomez, David Nemer. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-07-12

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