Crowdsourcing and crisis mapping have opened new approaches to making sense of crises. Yet these new technologies raise unanswered questions. When a refugee tweets her location with a request for help, is she still safe? How do we know that the content of the message is from a refugee at all? And do we have a responsibility to act on that request for aid? Developing policies that connect the crowd to the large, traditional institutions that respond to emergencies will require asking these questions and developing some initial (and imperfect) answers.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004
This meeting is free and open to the public. Allow time for routine security procedures. A photo ID is required for entry.
The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building (Federal Triangle stop on Blue/Orange Line, or down the street from Metro Center stop on the Red Line). Public parking is available underneath the Reagan Building; however we recommend metro or taxi. www.wilsoncenter.org/directions
About John Crowley, Research Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative John Crowley is a research fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and an analyst (contract) with the STAR-TIDES initiative at the National Defense University. He was the lead author of the recent UN Foundation study, Disaster Relief 2.0. He also leads a community of software developers that convene at Camp Roberts to work on the difficult inter-organizational issues that emerge from crowdsourcing and crisis mapping. He holds degrees in public policy, history, and music from Harvard and Boston University, and was the 2008 Robert C. Seamans Fellow in Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He tweets at @jcrowley.
The Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP)focuses on emerging technologies and the critical choices innovation presents to public policy. Our work ranges from nanotechnology, geoengineering, and synthetic biology to serious games, participatory technology assessment, transformative social media, and geospatial technology.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and international affairs.
Hearing of the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs
Live video will not be available until approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled hearing start time.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Dirksen Senate Office Building, room SD-342
- The Honorable W. Craig Fugate
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Ann Curry
- Renee Preslar
Public Information Officer
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
- Ms. Suzy DeFrancis
Chief Public Affairs Officer
American Red Cross
- Shona Brown
Senior Vice President
- Heather Blanchard
10 Reasons Social Media Is Important in a Real Crisis
By Glen Gilmore & Social Media Blog
In the aftermath of the recent Tennessee floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) teamed up to put Facebook to the task of assisting in the disaster recovery, announcing, “an online hub for collaborative information-sharing through Facebook for the response and recovery to severe weather and flooding in Tennessee.” …
1. “Official” social media accounts created by governmental agencies can become a leading hub for sharing critical information. ….
For full text of the article, visit Glen Gilmore & Social Media: 10 Reasons Social Media Is Important in a Real Crisis.
Why We Need a Disaster 2.1 Report
By The Standby Task Force: Online Volunteer Community for Live Mapping | Published: April 6, 2011
The recent Disaster 2.0 Report published by the UN Foundation, OCHA and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) represents one of the most important policy documents to have been written in recent years. The report acknowledges in no uncertain terms that the humanitarian space is moving towards a more multi-polar system and that this represents an unprecedented opportunity for the future of disaster relief, albeit one that presents clear challenges. We applaud and thank the authors of the report for bringing this to the attention of the policy community. … That said, we have a number of concerns about the report. …
For full text of the article, visit: Why We Need a Disaster 2.1 Report.
- Disaster Relief 2.0: Between a Signac and a Picasso (irevolution.net)
- How remote teams can help the rapid response to disasters | Oliver Lacey-Hall (guardian.co.uk)
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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