Tag Archive | Disaster

As drones get really tiny, new rules proposed for Seattle

by Jake Ellison, SeattlePI.com, February 4, 2012

Weighing in at 16 grams and capable of performing in “harsh environments and windy conditions” a tiny drone unveiled by the British government today shows just how quickly drone technology and use is developing.“The Black Hornet is equipped with a tiny camera which gives troops reliable full-motion video and still images. Soldiers are using it to peer around corners or over walls and other obstacles to identify any hidden dangers and the images are displayed on a handheld terminal,” the British government wrote. And as the Seattle Police Department, like many others in the nation, becomes eager to use drones as part of their police work, Seattle Councilman Bruce Harrell jumped into the fray this afternoon with proposed legislation to rein in drone use.

For full text and copy of the proposed rules visit Drones get really tiny; new rules proposed for Seattle – seattlepi.com.

 

Responding to Liability: Evaluating and Reducing Tort Liability for Digital Volunteers

Responding to Liability: Evaluating and Reducing Tort Liability for Digital Volunteers

By Edward Robson, Esq.

Major emergencies and crises can overwhelm local resources. In the last several years, self-organized digital volunteers have begun leveraging the power of social media and “crowd-mapping” for collaborative crisis response. Rather than mobilizing a physical response, these digital volunteer groups have responded virtually by creating software applications, monitoring social networks, aggregating data, and creating “crowdsourced” maps to assist both survivors and the formal response community. These virtual responses can subject digital volunteers to tort liability. This report evaluates the precise contours of potential liability for digital volunteers. Published by the Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, September 2012.

To download a PDF of the free report, visit the Commons Lab Scribd webpage here.

To read a follow up blog post by the author, visit the Commons Lab Blog “Calling for Backup – Indemnification for Digital Volunteers (November 7, 2012)”

To watch a video of the author discussing liability for digital volunteers, visit the Commons Lab YouTube webpage here.

How The United Nations Is Using Social Media To Spot Crises [Video]

“In this talk from PSFK CONFERENCE NYC, Robert Kirkpatrick talks about how the social media revolution has opened up a significant amount of data that can be analyzed (anonymously) to see signs of change. Kirkpatrick, together with his Global Pulse team at the United Nations, studies sentiment in Twitter feeds, fluctuations in price data and changes in other available information to look for trouble. By using data for good, the United Nations can respond to disaster rapidly — rather than after the fact.”

For full text of this article and a link to the video, visit How The United Nations Is Using Social Media To Spot Crises [Video] – PSFK.

How the UN want to use Big Data to spot crises

Posted by Timo Luge on Social Media 4 Good Blog, May 15, 2012

Robert Kirkpatrick from the UN’s Global Pulse team is talking about how United Nations agencies would like to use big data to search for crises in real-time. It’s a fascinating talk and Kirkpatrick shows how his team has been using data mining techniques to monitor bread prices in Latin America and rice prices in Indonesia. …Equally interesting is what he would like to do in the future: for example get information showing the streams of money being sent via mobile banking in developing countries. If the UN could see changes in behaviour, he argues, then they might be able to spot issues that are in the process of developing.

For a full text of the article and link to the video of Robert Kirkpatrick’s talk visit How the UN want to use Big Data to spot crises : Social Media 4 Good.

New Tools in Mapping for Disasters and Development

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and InterAction in partnership with the World Bank Institute (WBI), Sustainable Development Network Information Solutions (SDNIS) and the World Bank Civil Society Team invite you to a half-day workshop on free and open source GIS mapping tools. Please join us at the World Bank, Washington D.C on May 3rd, 2012 to learn more about how NGOs, the World Bank, and other organizations are utilizing open geographic data and mapping tools creating new opportunities for strengthening disaster risk reduction, humanitarian relief and sustainable development.

This unique event will feature hands-on demonstrations and provide training to participants of the free and open tools currently available. In addition, real-world examples of interventions that have successfully incorporated mapping will be presented. Whether you are just starting out using mapping in your work or already have GIS specialists on staff, this is an opportunity to discuss key trends, best practices and lessons learned. Presenters will showcase case studies of mapping tools and technologies, introduce some of the most popular geo tools, discuss free sources of open geo data, and assist project managers and implementers to incorporate these innovations into their work.

The video of the event will be posted soon to GFDRR Innovation Series Workshop – New Tools in Mapping for Disasters and Development | GFDRR.

FEMA’s David Kaufman Addresses Technology Foresight for Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency

by Eric Holdeman, Disaster Zone, Emergency Management Magazine, March 19, 2012

David J. Kaufman serves as the director of FEMA’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis. He is responsible for providing leadership, analysis, coordination and decision-making support to the FEMA administrator on a wide range of agency policies, plans, programs and key initiatives. … In his current position, he led the coordination effort to develop the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). This initiative brought together a wide cross-section of the emergency management community to explore key future issues, trends and other factors, and to work through their implications. The result is a 36-page document titled Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty. …

For the full text of the interview with David Kaufman, conducted by Eric Holdeman of Emergency Management Magazine, visit FEMA’s David Kaufman Addresses Emergency Management Trends.

FEMA Strategic Foresight Initiative Releases New Report, To Host Webinar

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From: FEMA-OPPA-SFI
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:03 PM
Subject: Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) – January Newsletter

Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) Community Members;

Hello, and happy new year to you!  The SFI team is pleased to announce the release of the Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 report, which highlights the initial findings of the SFI to date. As you know, this report is the result of an extensive community-wide effort that many of you have contributed to, which included more than 800 professionals, members of the academic community, and interested parties from all layers of the public and private sector.

The Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience2030 report includes insights on the future role of emergency and disaster management; strategic needs and gaps the community will have to address; and a look into the emergency management community of 2030.  The strategic needs, highlighted in the report, in particular – focused around essential capabilities, innovative models and tools, and dynamic partnerships – are intended to be a catalyst for leadership throughout the emergency management community and to prepare us, and the Nation at large, for whatever challenges and opportunities the future holds.  The report is now available for public consumption through the FEMA website.

Dave Kaufman, the Director of the Office of Policy and Program Analysis at FEMA will be presenting on the SFI findings at the IDCE Conference in New Orleans on January 18th. If you are attending the conference, we encourage you to join his presentation to learn more about SFI.

Additionally, Dave Kaufman is hosting a webinar session on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 2:00-3p:00m EST. This webinar session will offer an opportunity to learn about the SFI findings presented in the Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 report as well as participants to ask questions directly from Mr. Kaufman.  For more information on the webinar, please visit http://www.emforum.org/SFI/moreinfo.htm.

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