Please join us for the first Change seminar of the Spring quarter!

*Who:* Sara Vannini, UW Dept. of Communication, and Ricardo Gomez, UW
*When: *Tuesday, April 9, 12pm-1pm
*Where:* CSE 203

*Privacy and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Work with Irregular

Humanitarian organizations frequently do not fully address the implications
of collecting, storing, and using data about vulnerable populations. In
this talk, we share a conceptual framework for Humanitarian Information
Activities (HIA), especially in the context of undocumented migration,
which we recently presented at the conferences ICTD and iConference. We
have examined this framework in the light of both a survey of the
literature and a pilot study that examines HIA activities in three distinct
contexts: 1) higher education institutions that provide support to
undocumented students, 2) non-profit organizations that provide legal
support to undocumented immigrants, and 3) humanitarian organizations
assisting undocumented migrants near the US-Mexico border. We propose (and
seek feedback on!) a set of 5 guidelines to strengthen the privacy
protection offered to vulnerable populations by humanitarian organizations
in the context of irregular migration.

Ricardo Gomez is Associate Professor at UW iSchool, and faculty affiliate
with UW Center for Human Rights and Latin American & Caribbean Studies
program. His work focuses on social dimensions of the use (or non-use) of
communication technologies, and how they contribute to well-being, with a
particular emphasis on migration, human rights and social justice.
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Sara Vannini is a Lecturer at the Department of Communication and at the
Integrated Social Sciences program at UW. Sara’s research is in the field
of Information and Communication Technologies for Development, focusing in
particular on issues of social appropriation of technologies, information
and migration, and participatory and visual methodologies of inquiry.
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