Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism


Mark Latonero. 7/11/2019. “Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism.” The New York Times. See full text.
Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism


Mark Latonero – Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow, and research lead at Data & Society – discusses surveillance humanitarianism for The New York Times

A standoff between the United Nations World Food Program and Houthi rebels in control of the capital region is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Yemen.

Alarmed by reports that food is being diverted to support the rebels, the aid program is demanding that Houthi officials allow them to deploy biometric technologies like iris scans and digital fingerprints to monitor suspected fraud during food distribution.

The Houthis have reportedly blocked food delivery, painting the biometric effort as an intelligence operation, and have demanded access to the personal data on beneficiaries of the aid. The impasse led the aid organization to the decision last month to suspend food aid to parts of the starving population — once thought of as a last resort — unless the Houthis allow biometrics.

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: Mark Latonero | Sept 11, 2019
: Fellow Mark Latonero discusses surveillance humanitarianism for The New York Times. 
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