Digital Dilemmas Debate: Biometrics – “Oversized” by Design?
September 30, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CET
The Digital Dilemma Debates are a series of panel discussions between leading experts and stakeholders from different sectors on humanitarian digital transformation, its implications and the work ahead. Each month, they explore a different type or trend of technologies used to respond to various types of crises and offer thoughts on what to do next.
Building on the seventh Dialogue event, the International Committee of the Red Cross invited experts from the humanitarian, technical and operational fields to discuss what the introduction of biometrics could mean for humanitarian programs.
Host: Patrick Hamilton, Head of the Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada (ICRC)
Moderator: Stuart Campo, Data Accountability Team Leader (OCHA Center for Humanitarian Data)
Speaker: Dorothee Klaus, Director of the Relief and Social Services Department at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Speaker: Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Senior Data Privacy Analyst (Oxfam)
Speaker: Sébastien Marcel, Professor and senior researcher in biometrics, security and privacy (University of Lausanne).
This debate will focus in particular on specific mitigation measures (both technical and political) that humanitarians should implement to use biometrics in the most responsible and secure way possible. How to make biometrics work for humanitarian organizations? Which programs will benefit the most from their introduction? And what mitigation measures can we put in place to prevent abuse?
best practices | biometrics | digital identity | ethics | Identification for Development (ID4D)