Tag Archive | crisis response 2.0

The Political Power of Social Media | Foreign Affairs

By Clay  Shirky, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2011

… Since the rise of the Internet in the early 1990s, the world’s networked population has grown from the low millions to the low billions. Over the same period, social media have become a fact of life for civil society worldwide, involving many actors — regular citizens, activists, nongovernmental organizations, telecommunications firms, software providers, governments. This raises an obvious question for the U.S. government: How does the ubiquity of social media affect U.S. interests, and how should U.S. policy respond to it? …

For full text of the article, visit The Political Power of Social Media | Foreign Affairs.

UN-SPIDER Portal for Earthquake in Japan and Tsunami in Pacific Region

 The UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal for space-based information for the earthquake in Japan and Tsunami in the Pacific Region:



  1. Tsunami Warning Centers
  2. Emergency Mapping
  3. Emergency Response, Situation Reports
  4. Media
  5. Coordinates of affected areas (AOI)
  6. Space-based Resources
  7. Contact

Haiti Earthquake a Year Later What Has Space Learned

Guest Blog: Haiti Earthquake a Year Later: What Has Space Learned?

Space News, Wed, 12 January, 2011 Submitted by: Ariane Cornell

…After a disaster strikes, current practice ideally has it that the affected country requests aid from the United Nations, and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is then activated. Space derived data is collected from organizations that are part of the Charter and this information is sent to other organizations who then produce maps and informational reports on the disaster. These organizations then send their information to the disaster responders and the international community. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) tries throughout the process to support the complicated information exchange….

For full text, visit Guest Blog Haiti Earthquake a Year Later What Has Space Learned | SpaceNews.com.

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