Interview with Information Technology and Crisis Management (ITCM) on ICT4Peace

I was recently interviewed by Karolina Baszarkiewicz from the Information Technology and Crisis Management Project on the study and practice of ICT4Peace.

The Information Technology and Crisis Management (ITCM) project brings together governmental, non-governmental and private actors to develop the international community’s capacity to respond rapidly and effectively to humanitarian emergencies and crisis situations. The project is part of the Crisis Management Initiative’s Conflict Prevention and Crisis Response Programme.

As the Chairperson of ITCM President Martti Ahtisaari states:

Technology as such is hardly the driver of the organisational change, but it can provide decisive support for the organisations’ information management and communication strategy through administrative innovation and implementing new kind of thinking into the tools of everyday work.

Karolina asked me some tough questions during the interview:

  • How do ICTs help in ordinary people’s lives? Can you give concrete examples of where you have seen the benefits?
  • What are some of the challenges with using technology in a place like Sri Lanka (particularly poverty, human limitations and organisational dynamics), and how do you try to overcome these? What lessons can we learn?
  • How do you extend the impact of your work to majority of people in Sri Lanka that don’t have access to internet and computers?
  • How do you see the future of ICTs in conflict and crisis management, what will the priorities and challenges be in coming years?
  • Since she had also asked me these questions via email, you can read my answers here.

    A podcast of our interview, conducted through Skype and which I recorded using Call Recorder for Skype, will be posted on ITCM’s website soon.

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