Safe, Responsible, Fair and Equitable use of Human Mobility Data

The CrisisReady team hosted a series of seminars in March and April 2021 to build consensus around key technical, ethical and policy issues that must be addressed to facilitate the safe, responsible, fair and equitable use of novel data streams to inform emergency preparedness and response. 

In 2020, the world witnessed an acceleration in the availability and use of novel (big) data streams from mobile operations, AdTech and social media companies, to inform emergency response and planning. The use of these data to model public health scenarios and inform preparedness and response to natural disasters presents important methodological, ethical and translational (capacity) questions. The seminar series convened an interdisciplinary group of experts from Industry, Academia, Law & Policy, and Society & Practice to identify best practices and unresolved challenges in the use of human mobility data for advancing population health.  

Work in Progress: 

A White Paper, resulting from the seminar, will set the agenda for a consultative process, co-led by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to develop guidance for governments and response agencies seeking to use these novel data streams for emergency response. 

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