This chapter analyses experiences of digital transformation in humanitarian and development settings in global South contexts affected by disasters and protracted crises, with a specific focus on experiences of remote volunteering and digital humanitarianism. The chapter develops a critical conceptualisation of technology-induced changes in the work of humanitarian and development organisations present in such spaces, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. It shows how advancements in digital technologies (e.g. high-resolution aerial imagery, artificial intelligence), together with innovative digital engagement practices (e.g. crowd-mapping, micro-tasking, and distributed fact-checking) have impacted work processes and are transforming the ways in which volunteers can be engaged in supporting social work and crisis responses. The chapter argues that while remote volunteering and digital humanitarianism can provide flexibility and diverse forms of online engagement, they are not a panacea for the sector; instead, they are entangled with intricate inequalities and exclusions that require further attention.
|Title of host publication
|The Palgrave Handbook of Everyday Digital Life
|Hopeton S. Dunn, Massimo Ragnedda, Maria Laura Ruiu, Laura Robinson
|Place of Publication
|Accepted/In press - 20 Oct 2023