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Artificial intelligence applied to humanitarian and development contexts: Ethical aspects
9:00 am | Opening Phil Gelman – Regional Advisor USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) 9: 05 am | Ethical Challenges of AI Conference Ricardo Baeza-Yates Instituto Experimental de IA en la universidad Northeastern Web Science & Social Computing Group 10:00 am |  Is AI a technology to reduce humanitarian crises or to generate them? Cristina Pombo – Principal Advisor, Social Sector Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) Emmanuel Letouzé – Director and co-founder Data-Pop Alliance Richard Benjamins -Chief AI & data strategist Telefonica España 11:00 am | Closing conferences Thomas Smallwood – Knowledge Centre Manager Flowminder Ferda Ofli – Senior Scientist Qatar Computing Research Institute
Potential uses of techniques and tools for information management in humanitarian crises
9:00 am | Opening Xitong Zhang – Project Manager iMMAP 9:05 am | (To be confirmed) 10:05 | Part 1: How to manage information in humanitarian crises? Catherine Barker / Mercedes Fogarassy – RIWI David Hammel – Balcony Jenny Shapiro – Premise 11:05 am | Part 2: How to manage information in humanitarian crises? Enrique García – DignifAI Brooke Kaylor & Krissy Holst – Primer José Cobos Romero / Ewan Oglethorpe – Data Friendly Space DEEP
Use of new technologies and algorithms at the service of the humanitarian community

9:00 am | Opening
Emerson Devia – iMMAP

9:05 am | Lessons learned in the use of new technologies and some examples

Phuong Pham y Patrick Vinck – Harvard Humanitarian Initiative – HHI

10:05 a.m.
Esteban Moro – Visiting Professor MIT Media Lab – Carlos III

10:55 am | Mobile phone data to inform public health actions throughout the life cycle of the COVID-19 pandemic
Bruno Lepri – Profesor visitante – Fondazione Bruno Kessler

11:40 am | Closing conference
Javier Teran – HDX


To promote the adoption of new technologies in Colombia and the LATAM region, increasing the discussion on the potential use of innovation and technology to advance humanitarian work in training, measuring the impact of IM and localizing IM directly with beneficiary populations.

Main topics

Topic 1: Artificial intelligence applied to humanitarian and development contexts

The event will begin by focusing on conceptual aspects of artificial intelligence and its main challenges. We will address the ethical issues of the application of artificial intelligence. We will discuss whether artificial intelligence is enabling the resolution of humanitarian crises. We will explore the progress of regulatory agreements on artificial intelligence that are being developed in Europe and Latin America, and understand how to take advantage of them to implement different technological initiatives in the humanitarian context. We will end the day with clear examples of the use of artificial intelligence in the rapid detection of landslides, floods and other types of disasters.

Topic 2: Potential uses of information management techniques and tools in humanitarian crises

Technology alone cannot generate the impact we want in our projects and our communities. It is important to understand how technology corporations working in the humanitarian sector have managed to forge strategies and commitments with stakeholders to achieve a better and greater impact on affected communities. For this, we will share several global experiences in information management. Also, we will see examples of information gathering in contexts of humanitarian crises such as the one going on in Ukraine.

Topic 3: Use of new technologies and algorithms at the service of the humanitarian community

We will conclude the event with the use of new technologies and algorithms. In this session we will see examples of the use of natural language processing techniques, the use of cellular data to estimate the social and economic segregation of a population, as well as the development of analytics to understand social distancing and the spread of COVID-19. Also, we will share experiences in the development of frameworks and best practices for adopting technology to foster greater knowledge of the different interventions in the humanitarian sector.

Humanitarian context in Colombia

The deterioration of the internal humanitarian situation in Colombia is reflected by the more than 7.7 million people in need calculated for 2022, according to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2022, up from 6.7 million in 2021. The HNO in Colombia serves to provide People in Need (PIN) data to the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), including statistics on IDPs, natural disaster victims and those affected by COVID-19 and the new dynamics triggered by the presence of mixed and transcontinental migration flows have further exacerbated the situation.

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