Darfur through Google Earth: The reality of conflict through “Crisis in Darfur”

As reported on CNN, Google Earth (you'll need version 4 or above) now brings to life through a stunning use of its technology the fall-out of the on-going war in Darfur, and the resulting catastrophic humanitarian crisis. As noted in the CNN story, In an effort to bring more attention to the ongoing crisis in … Continue reading Darfur through Google Earth: The reality of conflict through “Crisis in Darfur”

Sahana wins 2006 Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit

As reported here, Sahana has won the 2006 Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit awarded by the Free Software Foundation. The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit is … Continue reading Sahana wins 2006 Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit

Emergency response information systems: emerging trends and technologies: Open source software for disaster management

A new journal article on Sahana - "a free and open source disaster management information system developed in Sri Lanka in the immediate aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami" - sheds new light on the nature and application of FOSS in humanitarian aid. I've long been a fan of Sahana's vision, and given below are … Continue reading Emergency response information systems: emerging trends and technologies: Open source software for disaster management

ICT4Peace before ICT4D: Why it is important to look at ICT for peacebuilding and conflict resolution

Growing up in conflict does one of two things – it teaches you the limitations of violence to engender sustainable social change, or it compels you to enter the cycle of violence itself. Especially when the well-springs of hope have run dry, violence is often perceived to be an effective way to change the order … Continue reading ICT4Peace before ICT4D: Why it is important to look at ICT for peacebuilding and conflict resolution

Community based, community driven disaster and humanitarian response

During incidents like Hurricane Katrina, the Kobe earthquake, the British foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, and the Indonesian tsunami, communities collaborated via the Internet to provide supplies and assistance to those in need of help, which is what Shneiderman and Preece are looking to create. Under the proposed project, the web sites will be run by "trained … Continue reading Community based, community driven disaster and humanitarian response

Our Common Humanity in the Information Age: Principles and Values for Development

Effective use of ICTs can help to provide access to critical, real-time information, which is crucial in timely and appropriate decision-making in crisis situations. ICTs have also proven to be valuable tools in creating institutional memory of crisis management operations which are often characterised by a rapid turnover of staff. ICTs help to facilitate sharing … Continue reading Our Common Humanity in the Information Age: Principles and Values for Development

ICT4Peace, OLPC and Technology for Social Change – A conversation with Paul Currion

I should have said Part 1 in the title. As we ended our conversation, we both agreed that there was much that we wanted to, but didn't cover - and that in any case, the issues that we talked about would continue to evolve, necessitating at least one other conversation in the future. Paul Currion … Continue reading ICT4Peace, OLPC and Technology for Social Change – A conversation with Paul Currion

Stop Disasters! Or maybe not in Sri Lanka…

I've blogged extensively about Serious Games here, and was interested to read Paul Currion's missive about Stop Disasters!, a new, Flash based games that is now on the web released by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. I agree with Paul that Stop Disasters! is a fantastic game, addictive even. The UI takes a … Continue reading Stop Disasters! Or maybe not in Sri Lanka…

Avatars and Politics: Using Second Life for political activism?

Avatar Politics: The Applications of Second Life is an interesting post in a blog run by the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet on how, in the US at least, Second Life offers a novel medium through which one can animate a political constituency. The post links to an article by Nancy Scola titled … Continue reading Avatars and Politics: Using Second Life for political activism?