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UN Security Council address on innovation and security

At a recent meeting of the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, Swen Dornig of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) offered key recommendations whereby UN partners can adopt new technologies to protect children in armed conflict. 

Mr Dornig has led a pioneering effort to use mobile technology at the field-level to improve reporting on crimes against children in conflict environments, in partnership with Lucid Berlin and the New-York based based Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict. Their efforts were recognised by the GCSP in November 2015, as winners of the GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security. Among 70 applications, the CAAC App (Children and Armed Conflict) represented an advanced yet very practical approach to enhance UN reporting mechanisms governing abuses against children.

New technologies form a growing part of major humanitarian responses, and represent a new way of documenting human rights abuses, and analysing patterns and trends of violence.

Swen Dornig - German Institute for International and Security Affairs

In his recent address to the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, Mr Dornig stressed the need for actors in the human right field to embrace new technologies, but to do so responsibly. He offers that new technologies form a growing part of major humanitarian responses, and represent a new way of documenting human rights abuses, and analysing patterns and trends of violence.

He cites several use cases of new technologies that could potentially support the monitoring and reporting of attacks on children, such as digital data collection, crowd-sourcing of data and crisis mapping. Mr Dornig underlined that new technologies offer opportunities for strengthening the collection, analysis and use of information on attacks, while warning of challenges and risks, such as ensuring the safety of people who collect and report data.

Mr Dornig has been profiled today in two feature articles by Liechtenstein newsjournals, Vaterland and Volksblatt, which outline the initial contribution of the Liechtenstein Ministry of Foreign Affairs to create a scope of work for the CAAC App in 2012. 

Swen Dornig is a Visiting Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)