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Technology and the Refugee Crisis

Part of Grace Jones' Meltdown

Many displaced Syrians in Lebanon told AMP Art that their most precious possession was their smartphone.

Listen to a talk exploring the creative possibilities, as well as the dangerous limitations, of placing our hopes in technology.

Syrian art, music and images of protest have been shared across continents over messaging platforms. GPS and map apps help refugees reach Europe without exploitative traffickers. Refugees have documented their journeys with selfies and videos for loved ones, and at times live-streamed to news sites. Many NGOs rely on SMS to inform refugees of financial support, appointments and public health alerts. With so much technology around, some believe we can ‘innovate’ our way out of humanitarian crisis. Find out more about the value of technology in a humanitarian crisis, in this talk.

- Muhammadkheir Alali
- Daphne Jayasinghe, Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser at International Rescue Committee
- Dina Aris, founder of Design Refugee Council, member of EmpowerHack
- Min Teo, Head of Finance at Techfugees

Hosted by AMP Art as part of the Project Refuge/e installation and supported by the A.M. Qattan Foundation.

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2



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For ages 14+