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Friday, September 6 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Ethics and Unintended Consequences of Digital Programs and Digital MERL

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Data can be helpful in implementing better quality projects, however it can come with some dark unintended consequences, creating new or increasing vulnerabilities, and doing harm. A panel of technologists and evaluators will discuss the ethical implications of ICT-enabled MERL, and the risks of (and actual) unintended consequences. For example, the burgeoning use of digital surveillance is taking place, but our current global laws do not protect against demographically/community identifiable information. And where organisations and processes are going digital, how often is aid being traded for data? Where data and technology should protect, they can lead to increasing vulnerability. How will we be sure we're changing things for the better instead of reinforcing existing biases and inequalities? The panel will touch on some aspects of digital literacy and rights which can help combat these unintended consequences.

This will be a panel discussion session with dedicated time for Q&A at the end, but we also encourage debate during! Participants will come away from the discussion with greater confidence to tackle some of the most challenging ethical considerations of technology that we face.

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Jo Kaybryn

Senior Leader, IOD PARC
Jo Kaybryn directs technical assistance to UN agencies, governments, development partners, and NGOs. She work's in evaluation, research and mainstreaming approaches across health, gender and economic development sectors. She specializes in evaluation quality assurance systems, ethical... Read More →


Researcher, University of Manchester
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Amos Doornbos

Disaster Management Systems Director, World Vision International
Amos Doornbos is the Disaster Management Strategy & Systems Director for World Vision International and a member of the Identity for All Council, the Guardianship working group, and the global policy working group of the Sovrin Foundation. He has lead the turnaround of last mile digital... Read More →

Melissa Persaud

Director of New Business - Global Development, Fraym
Melissa Persaud, Director of New Business - Global Development at Fraym is an ICT4D enthusiast with experience in mobile data collection, mobile messaging, and data analytics.

Friday September 6, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Academy Hall A FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC