Joseph Guay: A Humanitarian in the Digital Age

Joseph Guay, Special Advisor

“The Crisis Code Conference is part of a growing ecosystem of dialogues and processes around international cybersecurity.”

This conference is part of a growing ecosystem of dialogues and processes around international cybersecurity, but we’re trying to move the needle on these conversations in ways that haven’t happened before. At Crisis Code, we hope to facilitate knowledge exchange among stakeholder groups that normally don’t talk to each other. You don’t usually have cyber-experts talking to humanitarian practitioners. This is where Switzerland comes in, both in offering a neutral forum for these conversations and as the custodian of the Geneva Conventions. That we are having this conversation here at Pier 17 is no coincidence.

Joseph Guay in Myanmar

“But there’s no comprehensive and commonly-accepted guidance on the use of information communication technologies and the data they generate in humanitarian emergencies to ensure proper safeguards against unintentional harm to affected populations who are, themselves, already vulnerable.”

There aren’t standards to prevent gross negligence leading to beneficiary data breaches, or the publishing of sensitive personal or demographically-identifiable information on open data exchanges, both of which may lead to the targeting of certain groups. We’re really not thinking about risk and data protection in ways that we should. The threat landscape is shifting, but our lens on risk isn’t keeping pace.

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