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Reference : V-P-US-E-00067
Date : 22/05/2023
Country/Region : UNITED STATES
Caption : New York, United Nations headquarters. To mark the "protection of civilians" week, the ICRC launches its interactive installation "Digital Dilemmas" which delves into the threat posed by digital environments in situations of armed conflict.
Photographer : GLASS, Thomas
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : "There is no escaping the life-changing and life-endangering impact that digital technologies are having on people affected by conflict.
"Digital threats such as surveillance, cyber-attacks, misuse of personal data, misinformation and disinformation are all-pervasive.
"And these risks continue to evolve rapidly with new technologies such as generative artificial intelligence (AI) joining an ever-expanding list of digital dangers.
"For the past five years, the ICRC has been at the forefront of efforts to improve protection through its Digital Dilemmas immersive experience, which is available in eight languages.
"“The aim of this project is to really sensitize people to the impact of digital technologies in conflict – on humanitarian organizations and, more importantly, civilians,” says Philippe Stoll, the ICRC’s senior techplomacy delegate and creator of Digital Dilemmas.
"“People can probably imagine what it’s like to be tortured; they can feel hunger. But things like artificial intelligence or surveillance are more subtle, less tangible, so we created an environment where they can be experienced.”
"Funded by the Swiss government and the ICRC’s Innovation Team, the Digital Dilemmas experience was recently updated and upgraded to integrate new risks such as deepfake AI.
"The new version was unveiled in May at the UN in New York during Protection of Civilians week. Senior diplomats from more than 100 countries attended, with three ambassadors mentioning the experience during their speeches to the UN Security Council.
"The Digital Dilemmas experience is available online as well as in four interactive, in-person formats: photo exhibition; basic interactive exhibition; large interactive space; and full immersive installation.
"Over the past five years, the Digital Dilemmas experience has been shown in Geneva, Dubai, Luxembourg, Paris, Zurich, San Francisco and now New York. Another ten locations are in the pipeline."

Source: "Inspired" ICRC's blog, post 25/08/2023.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5760x3840
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour