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Migrant Technologies: (re)producing (un)freedoms - Opening Remarks by Tony Roberts


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On 20th May 2016 UNU-CS hosted an event on Migrant Technologies: (re)producing (un)freedoms in Macau.

The one-day event brought together scholars, practitioners and activists to share learning and exchange ideas on the range of migrant technologies research being conducted across Asia and explore future collaborative approaches.

The key theme addressed at the event was how the use of mobile technologies adds layers of freedoms and unfreedoms to migration.

Speakers of the day include:

Introduction and Welcome: Michael Best, Director of UNU-CS
Opening Remarks: Tony Roberts, UNU-CS

Morning Panel: Emerging themes in Migrant Technology research
- Chair: Tony Roberts, UNU-CS
- Jack Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong - Freedom, Slavery, and Working-Class ICTs: Learning from Chinese Migrant Workers in Foxconn
- Nikos Dacanay, Chiang Mai University - ICT usage and how ethnic migrant women in northern Thailand indigenize/mediate human rights’ discourse of gender equality
- Odalia Wong, Baptist University of Hong Kong - Transnational Mothers and Mobile Phone Usage: The Case of the Filipino Female Domestic Workers in Hong Kong
- Discussant: Rhodora A. Abano, Centre for Migrant Advocacy in Philippines

Afternoon Panel: New Migrant Technologies
- Chair: Tony Roberts, UNU-CS
- Kayoko Ueno, University of Tokushima - Facebook Activism and Networking among Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore
- Jude Yew, National University of Singapore - Pemca: A proposed mobile platform for crowdsourcing the reporting and visualization of migrant worker injuries/deaths
- Kakit Cheong, National University of Singapore - Kwento: Designing a family storytelling mobile application for domestic helpers
- Discussant: Fish Ip, International Domestic Workers Federation

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Migrant Technologies: (re)producing (un)freedoms - Opening Remarks by Tony Roberts

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  2. 2. Migrant Technologies: (re)producing (un)freedoms Migrant Technologies: (re)producing (un)freedoms Friday, 20th May, 2016 10:00am – 4:30pm United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society
  3. 3. Source: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2015); World Bank (2014) 250 million The number of international Migrants reached 244 million In 2014. An increase of 71 million Since 2000. 1/2 Trillion US$
  4. 4. Source: Remittances Factbook 2016, 2014 data, World Bank Group, 2016. Remittances to Developing Countries Versus Other External Financing Flows (in US$ billions) 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 Remittances Foreign Direct Investment Official Development Aid Humanitarian Aid
  5. 5. AMARTYA SEN (1999) Development… “the process of removing unfreedoms and of extending the substantive freedoms that people have reason to value”