Recent Technologies and Immigrants/Refugees

 

Recent Technologies and Immigrants/Refugees

 

 

Abstract

This post is on the politics of technology aims to discuss the impact of new technologies on the “empowerment” of migrants and refugees. Transformative technologies addresses the recent rapid technological developments (i.e. artificial intelligence -AI-, mobile phone data, big data and blockchain) which have triggered a growing debate about the ethical, political and legal implications of these innovations.

At the dawn of a new technological revolution, it’s high time to launch a debate about the role of the technology-based projects in international development. The research focuses on a significant area of the internationaldevelopment where transformative technologies have been widely implemented: big data, AI and blockchain-based projects to “empower” refugees/immigrants in the Global South. In recent years, new partnership models bringing together the UN, EU, technology companies and humanitarian NGOs have been promoted as a way of supporting refugees and displaced people.

Blockchain and artificial intelligence are increasingly being touted as something of a magic bullet in a whole range of disciplines. The post suggests that while transformative technologies shall be beneficial for societies, we have to bear in mind that these are not just technical issues — they are political questions too. Focusing solely on the technical side is unlikely to bring the promised progress — and might even have the opposite impact.

Oxford Üniversitesi Uluslararası Kalkınma Bölümü'nde (ODID) Göç ve Gelişim alanında öğretim görevlisi olarak görev yapıyorum ve Ekim 2018'den bu yana Göç Çalışmaları Yüksek Lisansının temel akademik kadrosunun bir üyesiyim. Bu, Oxford Üniversitesi'ndeki üçüncü yılım. Ekim 2016 ile Eylül 2018 arasındaki iki yıl boyunca British Academy, Newton International'da araştırmacıydım. ODID'deki görevimin yanı sıra, Eylül 2018'den bu yana Politika ve Uluslararası İlişkiler Merkezi'nde bulunan Teknoloji ve Küresel İlişkiler Departmanı'nda (CTGA) araştırma görevlisi (2018'den beri) ve St. Edmund Hall, Oxford'da araştırmacıyım (Mayıs 2017’den beri). Ayrıca, Ocak 2019’dan bu yana göç eden insanlar için yeni dönüştürücü teknolojilerin sosyal ve politik yönleri hakkında ortak projeler yürütmek üzere Londra’daki Regent's Üniversitesi, Uluslararası İş ve Yönetim Merkezi’ne misafir araştırmacı olarak davet edildim. Öncelikli araştırma alanlarımın önemli noktası, yeni dönüştürücü teknolojilerin göç eden insanlar ile uluslararası kalkınma / politika üzerindeki sosyal ve politik yönlerine odaklanmaktır. Bu, küresel teknoloji ve finans şirketleri tarafından desteklenen, mülteci meselesi ile ilgili blockzincir ve yapay zekâya dayalı insani yardım projelerinin fiili ve potansiyel etkisinden oluşmaktadır. I am a Lecturer in Migration and Development at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development (ODID) and a member of the core academic staff of the MSc in Migration Studies since October 2018. This is my third year in the University of Oxford. I was a British Academy, Newton International Fellow for two years between October 2016 and September 2018. In addition to my position at ODID, I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs (CTGA) in the Department of Politics and International Relations (since September 2018) and a junior research fellow at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford (since May 2017). I have also been invited as a visiting fellow at Centre for Transnational Business and Management at Regent’s University, London to conduct collaborative projects on social and political aspects of the new transformative technologies for people on the move since January 2019. A critical aspect of my primary research areas is a focus on the social and political aspects of the new transformative technologies over the people on the move and international development/politics. This consists of the actual and potential impact of blockchain and Artificial Intelligence-based humanitarian projects dealing with the refugee question, sponsored by global tech and finance corporations.

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