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December 3 2014

From iRevolution Wed Dec 3 2014, 01:00:37

A new empirical and peer-reviewed study provides "the first evidence that online networks are able to produce social capital. In the case of bonding social capital, online ties are more effective in forming close networks than theory predicts." Entitled, "Tweeting Alone? An ... Continue reading →

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December 1 2014

From iRevolution Mon Dec 1 2014, 01:00:05

The analysis of cell phone data can already be used to predict mobility patterns after major natural disasters. Now, a new peer-reviewed scientific study suggests that travel patterns may also be predictable using tweets generated following large disasters. In "Quantifying Human Mobility Perturbation and Resilience in Hurricane ... Continue reading →

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November 24 2014

From iRevolution Mon Nov 24 2014, 09:07:16

Raphael Hörler from Zurich's ETH University has just completed his thesis on the role of crowdsourcing in humanitarian action. His valuable research offers one of the most up-to-date and comprehensive reviews of the principal players and humanitarian technologies in action today. In short, ... Continue reading →

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November 10 2014

From iRevolution Mon Nov 10 2014, 01:00:10

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve humanitarian action. The Summit, which is to be held in 2016, stands to be one of the most important humanitarian conferences in a decade. One key ... Continue reading →

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November 5 2014

From iRevolution Wed Nov 5 2014, 01:00:26

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has just published an important, must-read report on the use of social media for disaster response. As noted by OCHA, this document was inspired by conversations with my team and I at ... Continue reading →

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November 4 2014

From iRevolution Tue Nov 4 2014, 01:00:12

My research team and I at the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) have compiled a list of more than 30 common software platforms used to operate UAVs and analyze resulting aerial imagery. We carried out this research to provide humanitarian organizations with a ... Continue reading →

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November 3 2014

From iRevolution Mon Nov 3 2014, 01:00:30

My research team and I at the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) have compiled a list of fears and concerns expressed by humanitarians and others on the use of UAVs in humanitarian settings. To do this, we closely reviewed well over 50 different ... Continue reading →

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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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