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understanding the role digital technology plays in the fulfilment of people’s
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liberal about a majority of humanitarian
practitioners, we can define it as a commitment to three things: the equal moral worth of all
human lives (i.e. non-discrimination on principle), the moral priority of the claims of
individuals over the authority claims of any collective entity – from nations to churches
to classes to families – and a belief that as a moral commitment (one
that transcends any sociological or political boundary) there is a just and legitimate reason to
intervene in any and all circumstances where human beings suffer (even if
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’ and ‘deterrence’ both seek to transform the external environment, the concessionary dimension of negotiation processes, in particular, points towards important internal transformational aspects of grappling with humanitarian insecurity. Furthermore, just as one can categorise ‘acceptance’ and ‘deterrence’ as ‘deep’ or ‘shallow’, respectively, one can also envisage internally oriented approaches along this same spectrum.
An internally oriented – but ‘shallow’ – approach is ‘decoupling’, a phenomenon of organisational behaviour widely explored in sociology
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picking up the phone to call an NGO, call a university research
centre. Academics are probably harder to identify and get in touch with than the
communications departments at humanitarian organisations, but they are an invaluable
asset once their trust is gained. In an ideal world, journalism schools would teach
students how to construct a story like a mini sociology survey. If I have succeeded
in producing a few instructive articles and books on the Congolese fighters, it is