Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 567–569 | Cite as

Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data Is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response

Patrick Meier, 2015, CRC Press (Boca Raton, FL, 978-1-4822-4839-5, 259 pp.)
  • Anushree DaveEmail author
Book Review


This is a review of Patrick Meier’s 2015 book, Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data Is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response. The book explores the role of technologies such as high-resolution satellite imagery, online social media, drones, and artificial intelligence in humanitarian responses during disasters such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In this analysis, the book is examined using a humanitarian health ethics perspective.


Book review Digital humanitarians Bioethics Humanitarian aid Disaster response Disaster ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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