The World Migration and Displacement Symposium: Data, Disinformation and Human Mobility, was a virtual global event co-organized by USA for IOM, USA for UNHCR, and the Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR).
Across the three days, the event featured high level speakers from three organizations as well as featured guests from industry, NGOs, and academia whom contributed to the conversation on the themes of disinformation, vulnerable populations, and COVID-19. The symposium concluded with a keynote address and fireside chat by IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino, and Founding Editor-In-Chief of the Harvard Data Science Review, Xiao-Li Meng. A partnership between academia, humanitarian actors, and key voices in the data science community strengthens our mandate to combat the negative rhetoric around human mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an extension of the symposium, the open access journal, Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR) published a special theme edition in December 2021 in recognition of International Migrants Day.
This special issue of the Harvard Data Science Report explores the critical part data science plays in understanding migration while also combating misinformation surrounding migration. This collaboration showcases the importance of data science in the more significant move to help those displaced and migrating.