Crisis Code: Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age

Together with US, Swiss, and international partners, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and swissnex San Francisco convened a two-day conference on September 27-28 to collectively examine our international humanitarian and human rights laws, standards, and norms in light of new cyber-realities. The program provided a neutral platform to develop a better understanding of the relationship between cyber-threats and humanitarian protection, and identify a possible agenda for mitigating the digital vulnerabilities of populations in crisis. In workshops and panel discussions, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers mapped out new territories of vulnerability in cyberspace, assessed existing practices around humanitarian data, and built consensus for action.

This conference was part of the Swiss Touch Campaign, a series of events dedicated to leveraging Switzerland’s innovative and forward-looking edge. Switzerland is striving for a relevant, responsive, and meaningful humanitarianism in the digital age—through building bridges between the technology and the humanitarian sectors, and between Silicon Valley and international Geneva.