The technology issue

FMR 38
October 2011

The 32 articles and short pieces in the feature theme section of FMR 38 look at the effects of changes in technology – particularly in communications technology – on displaced people and those who work with them. FMR 38 also includes eight articles on other forced migration subjects. This issue is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

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The articles in this issue cover positive and negative aspects of the spread of technologies; the increased accountability, and the increased scope for controlling displaced people; the opening up through the internet of possibilities beyond the traditional confines of life as a displaced person, and the risks and dangers that that brings; and the potential in technological advances for assistance and protection programmes.

This issue also contains a range of articles on other aspects of the experiences of and responses to forced migration in a variety of circumstances – in Japan, in cities, at sea, in Egypt, and more.

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FMR# 38 is an expanded contents listing of all articles in this issue of FMR. It provides for each article: the title, the author(s) and their affiliation, the introductory sentences and a link to the full article online. It will be available in print as well as online.

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We would like to thank the following donors for providing funding for this issue: AusAID, DfID, Oxfam Australia, Stephanie and Hunter Hunt/The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, UNHCR Division of Programme Support and Management, UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluation Service, and the University of Queensland. We would also like to thank all of our regular donors for their continued and valuable support.

“Your current technology issue is superb. I've sent it around to a number of people. Great read!” Bob Schukai, Global Head of Mobile Technology, Thomson Reuters

“A great Forced Migration Review on the power of technology and communications.” CDAC (Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities)

“FMR should win an award for this most valuable issue. Thank you.” Stephanie Riak Akuei, University College London