The humanitarian society is on the cusp of a technological revolution, with new ICT solutions being developed and implemented in the every day work of humanitarian organisations. Emerging technologies that will act to shape the next few years are complex, perhaps not in their use but certainly in their make up and in the diversity of consequences they can bring about. Unsurprisingly, many of the new solutions will require end users to give up personal information related to identity, place, and their habits. The “reward” for of all of this will be their safety and security on a mission. However, one does have to remember that technology, per se, is amoral, apolitical, it is neither good nor bad. Only human use of technology for good or bad is possible.
Against this backdrop it is important to understand the socio-cultural considerations and impacts of these solutions. This is a step that goes beyond a traditional privacy and data protection impact assessment of technology tools. This report, therefore, undertakes an analysis of the social and cultural implications of the use of the iTRACK tool and of each of its components namely: StaffSense, DSE and QR, on board sensing and threat detection and the use of multiple components.