D. Scarnecchia currently helps software development teams build and deliver the tools and infrastructure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses to access the safety of approved drugs, vaccines, and medical devices.

Scarnecchia’s previous work includes:

  • building multi-stakeholder research consortiums using real-world evidence to study drug safety and consulting on the governance of sensitive data and the integration of new technologies into the life sciences industry
  • leading the Standards and Ethics work at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, where he studied the governance of data and technology in the humanitarian sector, as well as the impact of technology on humanitarian crises.


  • Masters, Public and International Affairs – Human Security, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • B.A. History, University at Albany, State University of New York,


  • Campo, Stuart R., Caitlin N. Howarth, Nathaniel A. Raymond, and Daniel P. Scarnecchia. “The Signal Code: Ethical Obligations for Humanitarian Information Activities.” Standards and Ethics. Cambridge: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 2018.
  • Starbird, Kate, Ahmer Arif, Tom Wilson, Katherine Van Koevering, Katya Yefimova, and Daniel P. Scarnecchia. “Ecosystem or Echo-System? Exploring Content Sharing across Alternative Media Domains.” In 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-18). Stanford, CA: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Publications, 2018.
  • Greenwood, Faine, Caitlin Howarth, Danielle N. Poole, Nathaniel A. Raymond, and Daniel P. Scarnecchia. “The Signal Code: A Human Rights Approach to Information During Crisis.” Standards and Ethics. Cambridge: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 2017.
  • Scarnecchia, Daniel P., Nathaniel A. Raymond, Faine Greenwood, Caitlin Howarth, and Danielle N. Poole. “A Rights-Based Approach to Information in Humanitarian Assistance.” PLOS Currents Disasters, September 20, 2017. https://doi.org/10/gcv6tk.
  • Tillman, Patricia, Anna Tomaskovia-Devey, Stephanie Boucher, Mandy Brule, Sirin Duygulu, Amy Fleig, and Daniel P. Scarnecchia. “Changing the Rules: Strategies for Creating an International Standard for the Compensation of Civilians Harmed Unintentionally in Armed Conflict.” Working Paper. University of Massachusetts, 2009.

Conference Presentations and Panels

  • “Understanding the role of hate speech and fake news as factors in spirals of violence in situations of conflict and armed violence.” RightsCon, 2018, Toronto ON.
  • “Tech + Humanitarian Action: Accelerating Global Crisis Response.” ICRC Collaborative Platform at swissnex Boston, 2018, Cambridge MA.
  • “Use of ICTs and Data by Civilian Populations Affected by Armed Conflict.” Data for Policy, 2017, London UK.

Panel Moderation and Workshop Facilitation

  • “Weaponization of Information.” Digital Risk in Situations of Armed Conflict, 2018, London UK.
  • “Digital Security and Cyber-Resilience in Complex Country Contexts.” UNRWA HQ, 2018, Amman, Jordan
  • “Friend or troll? Solving the internet’s information dilemma.” German American Conference at Harvard, 2018, Cambridge MA.
  • “Integrating Responsible, Rights-Based Data Governance into UNRWA Operations.” UNRWA HQ, 2017, Amman, Jordan
  • “Crisis Code: Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age.” SwissNex San Francisco, 2017, San Francisco CA.
  • “Towards Common Humanitarian Standards for the Use of ICTs.” Humanitarian ICT Forum, 2017, Mountainview CA.