By Craig Williams, John Marinos, UN OCHA, Directions Magazine, September 22, 2011
Summary: Managing information during a humanitarian emergency is a crucial part of any relief operation. Geospatial information is central to the United Nations’ efforts, from early warning to emergency preparedness to emergency response. Craig Williams and John Marinos, both with the UN OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, describe the people and resources needed to manage in a crisis.
For full text of the article, visit: GIS Enables the Humanitarian Response: A Perspective from the United Nations – Directions Magazine.
8:00 AM – Doors Open
8:50 – 9:00 AM – Introduction, Suzanne Hall – Senior Advisor for Innovation, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
9:00 – 9:15 AM – Welcome, Dr Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
9:15 – 10:15 AM – Keynote Address – ‘Policy and Technology’ Edward Tufte
10:15 – 10:30 AM – Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:25 AM – Panel on ‘Development Challenge: Open Data to Making Sense of Data’
- Jean-Louis Sarbib, Development Gateway
- Aleem Wajli, World Bank Institute
- Saroj Kumar Jha, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
- Charles Kenny, Center for Global Development
11:25 AM – 12:20 PM – Panel on ‘Latest Trends in Data Visualization’
- Adam Bly, Seed Media Group
- Jonathan Cousins, Cousins & Sears Creative Technologists
- David Bolinsky, XVIVO
- David McConville, Elumenati
12:20 – 12:30 PM – Showing of ‘Connected’ Trailer & Declaration of Interdependence Project
12:30 – 1:30 PM – Lunch
— Afternoon Breakouts —
1:30 – 3:00 PM
1. Supporting Disaster Response and Coordination – Panelists Bios & Photos
2. Visualizations for Aid Transparency and Management – Panelists Bios & Photos
3. Best Practices for Visualization Interoperability – Panelist Bios & Photos
4. State Department and USAID Data Visualization Projects – Panelist Bios & Photos
3:00 – 3:30 PM – Coffee Break
3:30 – 5:00 PM
1. Using Climate and Health Data to Monitor Food Insecure Areas – Panelist Bios & Photos
2. Mobile Technology and New Media: Trends and Opportunities – Panelist Bios & Photos
3. Turning Information into Insight – Panelist Bios & Photos
4. New Ways to Visualize Development Data – Panelist Bios & Photos
by Evgeny Morozov, NYT, September 1, 2011
AGENTS of the East German Stasi could only have dreamed of the sophisticated electronic equipment that powered Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s extensive spying apparatus, which the Libyan transitional government uncovered earlier this week. The monitoring of text messages, e-mails and online chats — no communications seemed beyond the reach of the eccentric colonel. What is even more surprising is where Colonel Qaddafi got his spying gear: software and technology companies from France, South Africa and other countries. … Amid the cheerleading over recent events in the Middle East, it’s easy to forget the more repressive uses of technology. …
For full text of the op-ed, visit Political Repression 2.0 – NYTimes.com.
- Op-Ed Contributor: Political Repression 2.0 (nytimes.com)
Live webcast from the US Institute of Peace:
This Blogs & Bullets meeting will bring together the companies that sift through and sell this data with the activists that create it and the policy-makers who use it. We will look at the cutting-edge of technologies for analysis with experts from around the world in an effort to expand our ability to harness these new platforms for conflict management and peacebuilding. The event will be webcast live beginning at 9:00am EDT on September 16, 2011.
By Alex Howard, The Atlantic, Sept 9, 2011
There have now been more than 10,000 Kickstarter projects funded, with more than $75 million dollars pledged and a 44% success rate. This lightweight model for “crowdfunding” has caught the attention of the White House, which specifically highlighted how entrepreneurs are using Kickstarter to access capital — and how President Obama’s new “American Jobs Act” could extend that access to more high-growth companies. …
For full text of the article, visit White House Jobs Bill Could Take Crowdfunding to Next Level – Alex Howard – Technology – The Atlantic.
- Congressional hearing on crowdfunding, White House blog post on crowdfunding (trendcaller.com)
- Crowdfunding gets traction in D.C. (radar.oreilly.com)
- White House proposes crowdfunding exemption (whitehouse.gov)
- Crowdfunding and the Federal Securities Laws (professorbainbridge.com)
Social media crackdown? It’d be more than unsociable
By James Rainey, LA Times, August 17, 2011
Riots in London, violent flash mobs in Philadelphia and Wisconsin, protests clogging BART platforms in San Francisco. Against a backdrop of high unemployment and economic upheaval, we have entered the Summer of Jangled Nerves. Anxiety and clear thinking don’t usually mix, as evidenced by the commentators and government officials who have decided that the fault lies not, dear Twitter, in ourselves but in our social media. … But what about other restrictions, which might appear to protect the silent and law-abiding majority from a noisy and dangerous minority? …
For full text of the article, visit James Rainey on social media and civil unrest – latimes.com.
- How The LA Times is winning with social media (thenextweb.com)
- Why Blocking Social Media During Civil Unrest Is Never the Right Choice [OPINION] (mashable.com)
By Francie Diep, Scientific American, July 22, 2011
Researchers have been trolling Twitter for insights into the human condition since shortly after the site launched in 2006. In aggregate, the service provides a vast database of what people are doing, thinking and feeling. But the research tools at scientists’ disposal are highly imperfect. Keyword searches, for example, return many hits but offer a poor sense of overall trends.When computer scientist James H. Martin of the University of Colorado at Boulder searched for tweets about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he found 14 million. “You can’t hire grad students to read them all,” he says. Researchers need a more automated approach. …
For full text of the article, visit Parsing the Twitterverse: New Algorithms Analyze Tweets: Scientific American.
- Parsing the Twitterverse: New Algorithms Analyze Tweets (scientificamerican.com)
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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