These resources guide travelers in safeguarding data and electronic devices, prepare faculty and students to safely conduct independent research / fieldwork, and to take care of themselves if they have a politically sensitive research topic.
Technology & Data Security
Technology needs and risks can vary by international destination. Personal information and sensitive university data can be at risk during overseas travel. U-M Information and Technology Services offers the following resources for traveling with technology:
Faculty and staff conducting research that is perceived as culturally or politically sensitive by the host government or community may be at risk for harassment, arbitrary arrest, or targeted detention. To identify and mitigate these risks, faculty and staff should follow the U-M Framework for Conducting Sensitive Research.
To direct travelers to existing travel safety and travel health resources and benefit all U-M independent travelers / field researchers
To organize international research and fieldwork safety considerations by travel phases of Early Logistical Planning (4-12 months pre-departure), Pre-Departure Preparations (final 4 months before departure), and While Abroad.
To provide suggested protocols for various emergency situations abroad
All independent travelers and field researchers are encouraged to download the resource and review when preparing travel.