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Is Use of Cyber-Based Technology in Humanitarian Operations Leading to the Reduction of Humanitarian Independence?

dc.contributor.authorMartin Stanley Searls
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-17T17:38:19Z
dc.date.available2018-10-17T17:38:19Z
dc.date.issued2018-06-11
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/8711
dc.description.abstractTechnologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are being tested and adopted at a significant rate in humanitarian emergency response. However, the crossing of physical, biological, and cyber domains that characterises these technologies threatens the independence of humanitarian organisations. This is occurring in an environment in which the value and purpose of independence is already seriously questioned, both in practice, and in principle. This paper argues that the loss of independence stems from two related trends. First, several 4IR technologies are improving the capacity of humanitarian organisations to gather, synthesise, and analyse data, resulting in the production of information of increasingly strategic, political or military value. Second, the cyber component of these technologies simultaneously renders that information more vulnerable to unauthorised access by third parties with relevant political, military or economic agendas. This parallels the “capability/ vulnerability paradox” identified in literature discussing cybersecurity in relation to the military or so-called “smart cities”. In conflict and disaster settings, this paradox increases the likelihood of humanitarian actors functioning as appendages of other organisations. This loss of independence potentially has operational implications relating to access, and material impact on the ongoing debate around the importance of independence in humanitarian work.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherS. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
dc.titleIs Use of Cyber-Based Technology in Humanitarian Operations Leading to the Reduction of Humanitarian Independence?
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertResults-Based Monitoring And Evaluation
dc.subject.expertProject Evaluation & Review Technique
dc.subject.expertProject Evaluation
dc.subject.expertProgram Evaluation
dc.subject.expertPerformance Evaluation
dc.subject.expertOperations Evaluation
dc.subject.expertEvaluation Methods
dc.subject.expertEvaluation
dc.subject.expertDisaster preparedness
dc.subject.expertDisaster prevention
dc.subject.expertDisaster management
dc.subject.expertEmergency relief
dc.subject.expertFlood control
dc.subject.expertFire prevention
dc.subject.expertNatural disasters
dc.subject.expertMan-made disasters
dc.subject.expertPost-conflict recovery
dc.subject.expertFragile states
dc.subject.adbProject impact
dc.subject.adbDevelopment projects
dc.subject.adbProgram management
dc.subject.adbPerformance appraisal
dc.subject.adbProject appraisal
dc.subject.adbTechnology assessment
dc.subject.naturalCumulative effects assessment
dc.subject.naturalGrievance procedures
dc.subject.naturalParticipatory monitoring and evaluation
dc.title.seriesRSIS Working Paper
dc.title.volumeNo. 315
dc.contributor.imprintS. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
oar.themeEvaluation
oar.themeDisaster
oar.adminregionAsia and the Pacific Region
oar.countryBangladesh
oar.countryBhutan
oar.countryIndia
oar.countryMaldives
oar.countryNepal
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oar.countryIndonesia
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oar.countryPeople's Republic of China
oar.countryHong Kong
oar.countryChina
oar.countryRepublic of Korea
oar.countryMongolia
oar.countryTaipei,China
oar.identifierOAR-008289
oar.authorSearls, Martin Stanley
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