Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities

Communication is Aid: Curated tweets and commentary from CDAC's Media and Technology Fair, London 2012

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  1. Would be great to see how this type of search data compares to data from Tweets. Take this analysis of tweets following the earthquake in Chile, for example.
  2. And as a result, crisis-affected communities are increasingly becoming digital as I note in this blog post.
  3. Does this mean that all user-generated content should be ignored because said content does not necessarily come from a known and authoritative source? Who decides what is authoritative? 
  4. What if this information is not authoritative because it does not come from official sources?
  5. See this blog post on Democratizing ICT for Development Using DIY Innovation and Open Data.
  6. This is rather interesting, I hadn't realized that radio stations in Haiti actively used the information from the Ushahidi Haiti 4636 project.
  7. So best of luck to those who wish to regulate this space! As my colleague Tim McNamara has noted "Crisis mapping is not simply a technological shift, it is also a process of rapid decentralisation of power. With extremely low barriers to entry, many new entrants are appearing in the fields of emergency and disaster response. They are ignoring the traditional hierarchies, because the new entrants perceive that there is something that they can do which benefits others."
  8. As Robert Kirkpatrick likes to say, "Use the hunch of the expert, machine algorithms and the wisdom of the crowd."