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Tuesday Linkage

January 14, 2014

Digital Media and Human Security

Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

  • Pope Francis made waves when he stated that babies were the most important people in the Sistene Chapel and instructed mothers to go right ahead and breastfeed them if they were hungry. (He isn’t afraid of nipples.)
  • At, ‘J.’ argues against the concept of the ‘field’ in the humanitarian sector.
  • A conference on Humanitarian Technology bringing together academics, practitioners and industry will be held in Boston in May. “HumTech2014: Science, Systems and Global Impact” seeks proposals here.



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Charli Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of 'Innocent Women and Children': Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians (Ashgate, 2006), Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights
Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond (Columbia, 2010), and ‘Lost’ Causes: Agenda-Setting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security (Cornell, 2014). Her main research interests include national security ethics, the protection of civilians, the laws of war, global agenda-setting, gender and political violence, humanitarian affairs, the role of information technology in human security, and the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security.