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October 27 2014

From iRevolution Mon Oct 27 2014, 01:00:22

It is said that our planet has a new nervous system; a digital nervous system comprised of digital veins and intertwined sensors that capture the pulse of our planet in near real-time. Next generation humanitarian technologies seek to leverage this ... Continue reading →

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October 21 2014

From iRevolution Tue Oct 21 2014, 01:00:50

There is currently no unified code of conduct for digital crowdsourcing efforts in the development, humanitarian or human rights space. As such, we propose the following principles (displayed below) as a way to catalyze a conversation on these issues and to improve ... Continue reading →

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October 20 2014

From iRevolution Mon Oct 20 2014, 13:22:52

Humanitarian organizations like the UN and Red Cross often face a deluge of social media data when disasters strike areas with a large digital footprint. This explains why my team and I have been working on AIDR (Artificial Intelligence for ... Continue reading →

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October 9 2014

From iRevolution Thu Oct 9 2014, 04:35:16

The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are co-organizing the first ever "Experts Meeting on Humanitarian UAVs" next month at UN Headquarters in New York. This full-day strategy meeting, which is co-sponsored ... Continue reading →

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October 8 2014

From iRevolution Wed Oct 8 2014, 01:00:09

Colleagues Matthew Cua, Charles Devaney and others recently co-authored this excellent study on their latest use of low-cost UAVs/drones for post-disaster assessments, environmental development and infrastructure development. They describe the "streamlined workflow--flight planning and data acquisition, post-processing, data delivery and collaborative sharing," that ... Continue reading →

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October 6 2014

From iRevolution Mon Oct 6 2014, 01:00:43

A new data-driven study on the flooding of River Elbe in 2013 (one of the most severe floods ever recorded in Germany) shows that geo-data can enhance the process of extracting relevant information from social media during disasters. The authors use "specific ... Continue reading →

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September 30 2014

From iRevolution Tue Sep 30 2014, 04:54:02

Three years ago, 167 digital volunteers and I combed through satellite imagery of Somalia to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on this joint project. The purpose of this digital humanitarian effort was to identify how many Somalis had been displaced (easily ... Continue reading →

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September 29 2014

From iRevolution Mon Sep 29 2014, 01:00:01

Russian friends of mine recently pointed me to a very interesting computer vision program called "White Counter". The purpose of this mysterious-sounding algorithm was to automatically count people in a dense crowd from video footage. The program developed in early 2012 by ... Continue reading →

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September 25 2014

From iRevolution Thu Sep 25 2014, 04:42:25

The Solomon Islands experienced heavy rains and flash floods following Tropical Cyclone Ita earlier this year. Over 50,000 people were affected and dozens killed, according to ReliefWeb. Infrastructure damage was extensive; entire houses were washed away and thousands lost their ... Continue reading →

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September 23 2014

From iRevolution Tue Sep 23 2014, 11:37:59

My colleagues Catie Balard and Steven Livingston have just published the results of their empirical study on the impact of citizen-based crowdsourced election monitoring. Readers of iRevolution may recall that my doctoral dissertation analyzed the use of crowdsourcing in repressive environments and specifically ... Continue reading →

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