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Date: Sunday, 25/Oct/2020
9:00am - 10:30amOpening Plenary Keynote by Houman Haddad: Depoliticizing Information Through Blockchain

Houman Haddad is the Head of Emerging Technologies at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). Houman is the founder of WFP’s “Building Blocks” (BB) project, which seeks to harness the power of blockchain to foster interagency collaboration and create efficiencies. Building Blocks is the world’s largest implementation of blockchain technology for humanitarian assistance, currently serving 700,000 Syrian and Rohingya refugees in Jordan and Bangladesh. Blockchain technology also has the potential to empower the vulnerable through financial inclusion and digital identities. Houman joined WFP in 2010 and, prior to WFP, worked in Canada’s banking sector.

The humanitarian aid landscape is increasingly complex, with multiple active economic, natural, and conflict crises around the globe at any given time. Various organizations assist affected populations. However, their efforts are typically siloed, and the people served are viewed through the narrow lenses of nutrition, health, and protection, for example. There is no common visibility on precisely who is assisting whom with what. Therefore, the harmonization and optimization of assistance at a global level are not possible. Furthermore, people’s information is fragmented inside the assisting organizations’ systems, making it difficult for the affected population to access and utilize their data. Building Blocks (BB) is a blockchain-based humanitarian network that seeks to overcome these challenges.

11:00am - 12:30pmConsidering Individual and Community Contexts Within Information Pedagogy, Scholarship, and Practice [SDG 4]
11:00am - 12:30pmInfrastructures of Digital Humanities [SDGs 12, 17]
11:00am - 12:30pmPaper Session 01: Information and Technology [SDGs 4,12]
Session Chair: Dietmar Wolfram, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States of America
11:00am - 12:30pmPaper Session 02: COVID-19 [SDG 3]
Session Chair: Rong Tang, Simmons College, United States of America
11:00am - 12:30pmPaper Session 03: Reducing Inequities [SDGs 10, 11, 12, 16]
Session Chair: Heidi Julien, SUNY at Buffalo, United States of America
1:00pm - 2:00pmSIG-RUSH
2:00pm - 3:30pmChapter Assembly Meeting

Zoom Meeting ID: 926 321 2704 
Passcode: asistam20 

4:00pm - 5:30pmEDI and Leadership in Information Science [SDGs 10, 16, 17]
4:00pm - 5:30pmLinked Data Education and Training: Past, Present, and Future [SDGs 4, 9]
4:00pm - 5:30pmPaper Session 04: Scholarly Communication [SDGs 1-17]
Session Chair: Eric T. Meyer, University of Texas at Austin, United States of America
4:00pm - 5:30pmPaper Session 05: Health and Vulnerable Populations [SDG 3]
Session Chair: Ina Fourie, University of Pretoria, South Africa
4:00pm - 5:30pmToward an Integrated Information Science [SDGs 9, 17]
6:00pm - 7:00pmPresident's Opening Program and Welcome Reception: Information, Immunization, and Infodemic During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 859 7694 5203
Passcode: am2020pr

7:00pm - 8:00pmSIG-RUSH