Virtual Coffee Break auf dem Alumniportal Deutschland

"Technology and Digital Innovations in Armed Conflicts"

Different technological tools such as mobile applications, global positioning systems (GPS) as well as tele-communications through smartphone and Internet are no longer merely used by perpetrators or armed groups to induce violence; they have become tools for civilians and survivors to attain empowerment, collect evidence and seek protection. For instance, in violent settings, users utilized Witness apps which helped human rights defenders to document incidents by photographs and videos. Also, live-broadcasting through different apps allows life streaming from mobile phones to various social media channels. These powerful technologies enable fast and secure data collection that can support criminal investigations and eventually enter legal proceedings . In this talk, the DAAD alumni will present examples from the ground on novel innovative technologies which are used to collect and evaluate information in the aftermath of the Islamic State (ISIS)’s destruction and violence in Iraq. These tools employ artificial intelligence (AI) to evaluate evidences that can be presented in court proceedings and bring perpetrators to justice.


When? 23 November, 3pm - 4:15 pm (CET)

Language: English

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  • Mais Masadeh Mais Masadeh

Mais Masadeh is a DAAD Doctoral Research Fellow and a former Fulbright Scholar. She is a research associate at the Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht (IFHV) in Germany. Her area of expertise includes human trafficking and migrant smuggling, protracted displacement, and resilience of ethno-religious minority groups in post conflict. The distinctiveness of Mais’ strategies is that she incorporates art and culture into education on forced migration topics. Her work has appeared in numerous general and academic publications such as the Journal of Refugee Studies, Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag, Der Völkerrechtsblog, and the Reiss Center of New York University School of Law. Before joining the IFHV, Mais has held positions at Wellesley College, and the UN-International Organization for Migration (IOM) among others. In the past decade, Mais has worked with humanitarian organizations and research institutes in North America, Jordan, Iraq, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Germany focusing on forced migration, irregular migration and integration in post-conflict settings.

About the format

The Virtual Coffee Break is an interactive format that takes place regularly on the Alumniportal Deutschland. Their aim is to enable exchange and fruitful discussions around different topics, initiatives and projects. Speakers are Germany-Alumni who give a short input presentation and then answer questions from the participants and facilitate a discussion.

This is an exclusive event for the members of the community. Alumniportal Deutschland membership (free of charge!) is required to participate. The Virtual Coffee Breaks take place as Zoom meeting. Participation is also possible via a web browser (preferably Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome) and without a Zoom account.

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November 2021