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Follow the Sun: A Digital Launch of the Data Protection Handbook (2nd ed.)

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For the official launch of the second edition of the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action (co-written with the Brussels Privacy Hub), the ICRC has organized an all-day digital event to discuss how, in today's technological landscape, data protection is a more essential concern than ever.

The event will be composed of 7 thematic panels: five focused on one of the technology areas explored in the new edition of the handbook and related data protection-concerns; and two with a special focus - the first is a “check-in” on the developments of the discussions regarding Covid-19 and Digital Contact Tracing, which was previously hosted on June 3rd, and the second is a session on Learning and Education.

The panels will “follow the sun” during the day, being hosted by Tokyo, Kula Lumpur, Amman, Addis-Ababa, Nairobi and Kigali, Brussels and London, and finally Washington and Bogota.

The day-long event will include the following panels:

  1. Digital Identity and Biometrics (Hosted by ICRC Tokyo Delegation, 08.00-09.15 CET)
  2. Covid-19 and Contact Tracing Applications (Hosted by ICRC Kuala Lumpur Delegation, 09.30-10.45 CET)
  3. Use of Social Media and Messaging Applications (Hosted by ICRC Amman and UAE Delegations, 11.00-12.15 CET) 
  4. Connectivity as Aid (Hosted by ICRC Addis Ababa Delegation, 12.30-13.45 CET)
  5. Blockchain (Hosted by ICRC Nairobi and Kigali Delegations, 14.00-15.15 CET)
  6. Training, Education and Literacy (Hosted by ICRC London and Brussels Delegations, 15.30-16.45 CET)
  7. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Hosted by ICRC Bogota and Washington Delegations, 17.00-18.15 CET)

The event will conclude with a final panel discussing the highlights from the day and tracing the path ahead.

For more information and registration, see here.