ISS wishes to announce that a paper co-authored by ISS Lecturer Dr. Sara Vannini was named one of five finalists for the 2019 Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Research Paper at the upcoming iConference held in Washington D.C. March 30 - April 3, 2019. This annual international conference focuses on information issues in contemporary society. The paper, entitled “Documenting the Undocumented: Privacy and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Work with Irregular Migrants” was a group effort involving Ricardo Gomez (UW iSchool) and Bryce Newell (University of Kentucky).

The research tackles the implications of collecting, storing, and using data about vulnerable populations in the context of humanitarian organizations, proposes a conceptual framework for Humanitarian Information Activities (HIA), and suggests guidelines to be adopted by humanitarian organizations to strengthen their work, especially in the context of irregular migration. (To know more, please visit:

Dr. Vannini also presented results from the same research in a poster at the Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) conference in Ahmedabad, India in January 2019, and will present a full paper at the International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (IFIP WG 9.4) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1-3, 2019.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Vannini!