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Aidex / Development 2030: GISF Workshop, ‘Safety and security in a digital world: From online risk to real life harm – a disinformation simulation workshop’

Aidex / Development 2030: GISF Workshop, ‘Safety and security in a digital world: From online risk to real life harm – a disinformation simulation workshop’ table
Date17 Nov 2021
Time10:00 am 5:30 pm CET |4:00 am11:30 am EST
Provider GISF
AddressBrussels Expo, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
Type In-person
Booking URLhttps://www.tfaforms.com/4940823

Over two days, GISF will be running two workshops, on the theme of safety and security in a digital world, running an impact session on staff care and speaking at the conference panel ‘time to reform humanitarian action.’

In order to attend GISF’s workshops, you must also register for the full AidEx expo, which you can do following this link:


In this workshop:

What are the threats and risks currently facing NGOs in a digital world, and how does digital security impact physical security? In this workshop, we will look at some of the challenges  facing organisations in navigating the digital world. We will explore, through a simulation exercise, the concepts of misinformation and disinformation, and the real world and physical consequences arising. Finally, we will have an opportunity to discuss key issues and concerns, learn and share experiences.


  • Heather Hughes, Deputy Director, GISF
  • Sandrine Tiller, Project Lead, Misinformation/Disinformation Project , MSF
  • Tom Keunen, Information Security Officer, MSF

The topic of digital security in the humanitarian and development sector is a relatively new one and not particularly well understood by many working in the sector. References to digital issues are typically referred to IT departments. While technical security is important, it does not address the massive risk posed by an online world. In contrast, there may also be opportunities for using digital technology to improve aid agency security risk management.

Participants will be presented with a wide range of concerns and challenges, highlighting how integral the digital environment has become to our sector and the legal, moral, reputational, and criminal risks we face. Opportunities for harnessing the huge volume of digital information for effective security risk management will also be explored.

Room: 1101 AB

The workshops will;

  1. Raise awareness of the scope of the challenge facing the sector related to the digital environment and introduce key concepts.
  2. Generate conversation about where the responsibility for managing digital security risk lies within humanitarian organisations.
  3. Promote the concept that digital risk needs to become an integral element in any humanitarian security risk management system, exploring the real world consequences of digital risks.
  4. Focus on opportunities to improve risk management offered by digital technology.

Both workshops will feature NGO and external experts discussing insights on what new challenges, threats and opportunities we should focus on, what risks have been neglected and how we can work more effectively on security risk management in the digital world to improve the safety and security of all aid workers and operations, to improve access to, and impact for, crisis affected populations.



AidEx is a two-day event, which encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards, networking and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for humanitarian aid professionals to meet, source, supply and learn. AidEx was created to help the international aid community engage the private sector in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes.


The 2021 conference theme is ‘Global growth in authoritarian and populist government is shrinking the space for civil society – how have the world’s most powerful movements countered this trend and what lessons can be learnt?’

To register for the full Expo, please click here.

How to get to AidEX

Address: BRUSSELS EXPO, Hall 11, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium

Please click here, for more information on how to get to AidEx.

Please note, this page is being continuously updated, more information will be added soon.

How to Register

In order to attend GISF’s workshops, you must also register for the full AidEx expo, which you can do following this link:


Registration links for GISF and Insecurity Insight workshops are available above.  


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