Big Data for Prevention: Balancing Opportunities with Challenges

9 Nov 2017

Geneva, Switzerland

Organised as part of the Geneva Peace Week 2017, the session on 'Big Data for Prevention: Balancing Opportunities with Challenges' will take place on 9 November 2017, from 11:15 – 12:30 CET, at the Geneva Internet Platform, WMO Building, 2nd floor (Kruzel Hall), 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva.  

Conflict prevention largely depends on the availability of timely data and information. Whether it concerns the collection of mobile phone data to understand people’s mobility patterns, or the use of satellite data to assess conditions in remote areas, new forms of data can play a significant role. Yet, the incredible opportunities of big data can be compromised by data protection challenges, especially when considering that personal data is particularly sensitive in the context of conflict. This session will discuss whether there is a trade-off between privacy and human security in such situations, or whether there are solutions that can ensure both. 

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Kars Aznavour, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Mr Einar Bjorgo, UNITAR's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR)
  • Mr Marco Musumeci, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson, DiploFoundation


        Registrations are open and are mandatory.
For more information, please contact Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson (