Goodness returned to questions about the right of privacy among data contributors and groups. Do they have the right to destroy evidence they have contributed? What are the obligations of carriers, not only legally but morally, especially when they operate in multiple countries? What are the rights of individual contributors to retain and perhaps obtain copies of the data they contribute?

There are also questions associated with the long-term viability of data. If data systems are not interoperable, it will be difficult to aggregate data and detect long-term trends. The long-term storage of data, whether by government or the private sector, has not been resolved for many applications.

Local peacebuilders and local peacekeeping communities are enthusiastic about using technologies to collect, store, disseminate, aggregate, and distribute information from alternate sources, Goodness observed, but there are no hard and consistent data to gauge the benefits and costs of using these data. “Perhaps now is the moment to explore the interoperation of the humanitarian with the political and security aspects of field operations,” she said. The definition of a crisis could be expanded to include humanitarian, political, and security crises, and technologies could provide diverse sources of information about these interconnected dimensions of conflicts.

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