How to Safeguard Our Constituents in Digital Development?
Digital innovation has immense potential to open up access to vital services and provide limitless opportunities for our constituents. Digital innovation also has the potential to worsen existing divides, amplify inequalities, and put users at risk of persecution or exploitation.
How can the ICT4D community protect those it works with, and not get carried away with the potential of digital tech to the point where we put people at risk?
One way is to practice digital Safeguarding - protecting people from unintended harm of technology interventions. By following digital principles such as designing with the user, understanding the ecosystem, and focusing on privacy and security, we can explore the unintended consequences might come out of our digital technology. This could include online abuse, sexual exploitation, harassment or bullying.
For instance, DAI’s Frontier Insights research in Sierra Leone found that women using mobile phones are often suspected of having an affair. Therefore, DAI needed to raise awareness of positive mobile phone uses to reduce negative consequences for the safety of the women they sought to help.
How can we truly understand the plethora of possible consequences of our technology?
Please RSVP now for the next Technology Salon London to better understand new technology consequences, and explore questions, including:
Please RSVP now to join an intimate, curated group of leading voices from across the aid and telecoms sector, including these thought leaders:
- Who holds the responsibility for safeguarding?
- What due diligence needs to be done to recognize threats and mitigations?
- What are new challenges for safeguarding in a world where all our interactions and data are online?
- What frameworks are in place for us to understand and protect our users?
- How can we ensure that content provided doesn’t put users at risk?
- What questions do we need to ask partners, donors, vendors before partnering?
- Who is innovating and what are they learning?
We'll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush but seating is limited so please RSVP now. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!
- Max Baiden, Innovation & Collaboration Adviser, Save the Children
- Clara Barnett, Digital Inclusion Advisor, DFID
- Hans van Hooff, Digital & Innovation Manager, Accenture Development Partnerships
- Sarah Maguire, Director, Technical Services, Governance, DAI
Collaborating with MNOs
Technology Salon London
8.30 – 10.30am
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
30 Fenchurch St (map
London, EC3M 3BD
RSVP is required for attendance, and you will need to bring photo ID for access to the premises.
About the Technology Salon
The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations, and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.
- technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
- private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!