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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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Book review Digital humanitarians Bioethics Humanitarian aid Disaster response Disaster ethics 

References

  1. Meier, P. 2015. Digital humanitarians: How big data is changing the face of humanitarian response. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  3. Whipkey, K., and A. Verity. 2015. Guidance for incorporating big data into humanitarian operations. New York: UN-OCHA and the Digital Humanitarian Network’s community of interest on Decision Makers Needs. http://digitalhumanitarians.com/sites/default/files/resource-field_media/IncorporatingBigDataintoHumanitarianOps-2015.pdf. Accessed May 2, 2017.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Pty Ltd. 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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