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July 19 2014

From iRevolution Sat Jul 19 2014, 10:58:16

Superficial conversations on the challenges and opportunities of using UAVs in humanitarian settings reveal just how many misconceptions remain on the topic. Evidently, those engaged in these perfunctory discussions are not particularly well informed. This is admittedly due to the fact that humanitarian ... Continue reading →

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July 17 2014

From iRevolution Thu Jul 17 2014, 13:51:33

Earlier this year, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 suddenly vanished, which set in motion the largest search and rescue operation in history--both on the ground and online. Colleagues at DigitalGlobe uploaded high resolution satellite imagery to the web and crowdsourced the ... Continue reading →

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July 15 2014

From iRevolution Tue Jul 15 2014, 08:23:11

The first version of the Humanitarian UAV Network's Crisis Map of UAV/aerial videos is now live on the Network's website. The crowdsourced map features dozens of aerial videos of recent disasters. Like social media, this new medium--user-generated (aerial) content--can be used by humanitarian organizations ... Continue reading →

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July 9 2014

From iRevolution Wed Jul 9 2014, 12:24:47

"What if, to solve our problems, we simply need to rise above them?" CartONG and France's OpenStreetMap (OSM) community recently teamed up to support OSM Haiti's disaster risk reduction efforts by deploying a small UAV, "which proved very useful for participatory mapping." The video ... Continue reading →

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July 7 2014

From iRevolution Mon Jul 7 2014, 01:00:46

The Balkans recently experienced the heaviest rains in 120 years of recorded weather measurements, causing massive flooding and powerful landslides. My colleague Haris Balta, a certified UAV pilot with the European Union's ICARUS Unmanned Search & Rescue Project (and a member of the Humanitarian ... Continue reading →

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July 1 2014

From iRevolution Tue Jul 1 2014, 01:00:44

As noted here, the Filipino Government has had an official strategy on promoting the use of crisis hashtags since 2012. Recently, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) and the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (PCDSPO-OPS) have kindly shared their ... Continue reading →

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June 30 2014

From iRevolution Mon Jun 30 2014, 01:00:41

Kristin Bergtora, who directs the Norwegian Center for Humanitarian Studies (and sits on the Advisory Board of the Humanitarian UAV Network, UAViators), just co-authored this important study on the growing role of UAVs or drones in the humanitarian space. Kristin and fellow co-author Kjersti ... Continue reading →

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June 25 2014

From iRevolution Wed Jun 25 2014, 01:00:48

The following is a presentation that I recently gave at the 2014 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Conference (RPAS 2014) held in Brussels, Belgium. The case studies on the Philippines and Haiti are also featured in my upcoming book on "Digital Humanitarians: How ... Continue reading →

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June 24 2014

From iRevolution Tue Jun 24 2014, 02:07:54

The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) is carrying out a comprehensive evaluation of UAVs and related technologies for use in humanitarian settings. We've developed an evaluation framework for this assessment and have now drafted this list of UAV models to determine which are ... Continue reading →

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June 18 2014

From iRevolution Wed Jun 18 2014, 01:00:24

Journalists and citizen journalists are already using small UAVs during disasters. And some are also posting their aerial videos online: Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), Moore Tornado, Arkansas Tornado and recent floods in Florida, for example. Like social media, this new medium--user-generated (aerial) content--can be used by humanitarian ... Continue reading →

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