In my capacity as Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation, I was part of a panel looking at ICTs and risk management at the Global Risk Forum held recently in Davos, Switzerland.
The so-called Red Chair interview was an opportunity for panellists and speakers to briefly share their thoughts on video. My own submission was recorded just after the conclusion of the panel I was part of, looking at ICTs in disaster and crisis management.
The panel was anchored to the following description,
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have an enormous impact on the way public and private actors gather and share information, regulate access to relevant knowledge, and communicate with each other. Effectively applied within society, government, or aid organisations, ICT can significantly contribute to risk reduction and disaster management (early warning, crisis management, loss estimates, etc.), and can serve as a tool to cope with poverty and foster sustainable development. On the other hand, the growing dependencies of public governance and private sector operations on ICT has generated new types of risks that potentially undermine security, privacy and stability in many areas. How can ICT be applied as a tool for improvedrisk reduction and disaster management? What is the relevance of public private partnerships? How can resillience in ICT be improved?