Social Media in Haiti provides critical information on Haiti’s need

OCHA's ReliefWeb has (a very rough) transcript of my recent podcast with IRIN on the use of technology in Haiti's January 2010 earthquake relief effort. Read it here. Read about the podcast and listen to the original version here. A pertinent excerpt from the interview: TUNBRIDGE: Did you see what is going on high-tech world here … Continue reading Social Media in Haiti provides critical information on Haiti’s need

IRIN podcast on use of technology in January 2010 Haiti earthquake aid effort

UN OCHA's IRIN news service has a podcast up that features some of my observations on the use of technology / ICTs in Haiti's January 2010 earthquake aid efforts. As I was speaking, I kept thinking how much had changed from the response to Cyclone Nargis just two years ago (albeit dealing with a very … Continue reading IRIN podcast on use of technology in January 2010 Haiti earthquake aid effort

A response to Diane Coyle’s defence of New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts: The Role of Information and Social Networks

Diane Coyle finds the tone of my critique of New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts: The Role of Information and Social Networks, published by the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation "surprising and disappointing". That’s actually a succinct encapsulation of what I feel about her report itself. I have already responded in detail to co / second … Continue reading A response to Diane Coyle’s defence of New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts: The Role of Information and Social Networks

Nokia Siemens in Iran: Shame or all’s fair game for telcos?

Deep packet inspection is bad under any regime, no matter how benevolent. When a regime such as Iran today gets access to technology with the potential of DPI, you have a justifiable uproar on far more serious and urgent implications than delayed music downloads. Global media over the past week pointed to Nokia and Siemens … Continue reading Nokia Siemens in Iran: Shame or all’s fair game for telcos?

Cyclone Nargis: Lessons and implications for ICTs in Humanitarian Aid

Almost a year ago, in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, myself and others at the ICT4Peace Foundation were copied to a spate of emails that included voices from inter-governmental, non-governmental, private business and commercial organisations, academia, former field level practitioners and others on how best to respond to the monumental challenges of information and … Continue reading Cyclone Nargis: Lessons and implications for ICTs in Humanitarian Aid

Cutting through crowdsourcing

Paul Currion has a very interesting post that cuts through a whole lot of codswallop on the potential of crowsourcing in disasters. His pointed post refers to two by Patrick Meier, entitled Internews, Ushahidi and communication in crisis and Ushahidi: From Croudsourcing to Crowdfeeding I consider both to be significant thought-leaders in the domains of humanitarian … Continue reading Cutting through crowdsourcing

Poll: Can social networks change the world?

Yes, they can, in the words of Barack Obama's election campaign. That campaign itself provided evidence that the tools of "Web 2.0" - the community-driven web - can really make a difference, delegates at the Terra future conference in London heard this week. From New Scientist comes a short article that explores whether social networks can … Continue reading Poll: Can social networks change the world?

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