Ushahidi’s Goma release incorporates features from ICT4Peace Foundation’s crisis information management prototype

Ushahidi's launched a major new update to their platform called Goma. I'm looking forward to downloading their new thin client mobile apps. Their J2ME app does not yet support the Blackberry Bold, so I'm going to download the Windows Mobile version of it on a Samsung i780 later today. I was very pleased to see … Continue reading Ushahidi’s Goma release incorporates features from ICT4Peace Foundation’s crisis information management prototype

Ushahidi helps develop Crisis Information Management demo tool

From the ICT4Peace Foundation came news today of its collaboration with Ushahidi. The ICT4Peace Foundation, Geneva has mandated Ushahidi to develop an ICT4Peace Crisis Information Management Platform Demonstrator (CIMD), based on Ushahidi’s existing platform with the following features and functionality. A product that is able to be deployed in the field with a minimum of … Continue reading Ushahidi helps develop Crisis Information Management demo tool

Recommendations and ideas to strengthen best practices of Crisis Information Management at the United Nations, New York

This is an excerpt from Interim Report: Stocktaking of UN Crisis Information Management Capabilities that can be downloaded in full from here. The authors strongly feel it is timely for the UN System as a whole to address, at a strategic level, issues of crisis information management and technology best practice and interoperability – to … Continue reading Recommendations and ideas to strengthen best practices of Crisis Information Management at the United Nations, New York

Interim Report: Stocktaking of UN Crisis Information Management Capabilities

Sanjana Hattotuwa and Daniel Stauffacher From October 2007 to February 2008, representatives from the ICT4Peace Foundation met informally with a number of high-level representatives at key agencies based at the United Nations in New York in preparation for a stocktaking exercise on crisis information management capacities and best practices. These meetings with heads of agencies, … Continue reading Interim Report: Stocktaking of UN Crisis Information Management Capabilities

Capturing violent conflict in Kashmir with mobile phones

The BBC runs a fascinating story today on how young people (who in the story are mostly male) are capturing violent events and processes in Kashmir using their mobile phones.  The example of Kashmir suggests that the prevalence of mobile phones leads to a situation on the ground that mainstream news agencies could not have imagined even … Continue reading Capturing violent conflict in Kashmir with mobile phones

ASEAN Ministers call for greater civ-mil coordination and information sharing in disasters but not for interoperability

The Chairman's statement at the recently concluded 41st ASEAN Ministers Meeting notes quite strongly the need for greater civilian - military cooperation and information sharing in disaster preparedness and response.  "The Ministers called for in greater civil-military coordination for major, multinational disaster responses through training, information sharing, and multinational exercises. They recognised that military assets and personnel, … Continue reading ASEAN Ministers call for greater civ-mil coordination and information sharing in disasters but not for interoperability

ICT4Peace wiki featured in Communications Initiative’s ICT4D section

The ICT4Peace Foundation's ICT4Peace wiki, that I manage, was featured in the Communications Initiative ICT4D section recently. As noted on the wiki, the "inventorisation" process revolves around the use of an edit-able wiki to share information about how ICTs - e.g., personal computers, mobile phones, and the internet - are being used to facilitate effective and sustained … Continue reading ICT4Peace wiki featured in Communications Initiative’s ICT4D section

Questions on ICT4Peace: A response to Paul Currion

Paul Currion's blog post in response to one on the ICT4Peace Foundation that appeared recently in Fortune Magazine is delicious food for thought. There are a whole range of questions and challenges Paul addresses and proposes, of which I thought I would respond to a few in my capacity as a practitioner of ICT4Peace in … Continue reading Questions on ICT4Peace: A response to Paul Currion

Fortune magazine asks “Technology and peace: What’s the connection?”

Fortune magazine has an article on the ICT4Peace Foundation and it's work using ICTs for peacebuilding. Daniel Stauffacher, the Chairman of the ICT4Peace Foundation talking to David Kirkpatrick of Fortune on the Foundation's ICT4Peace process, notes that: While there are many humanitarian relief efforts underway around the world, Stauffacher says in most cases technology is … Continue reading Fortune magazine asks “Technology and peace: What’s the connection?”