Blog entries from: iRevolution

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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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September 17 2014

From iRevolution Wed Sep 17 2014, 05:41:59

Many thanks to all of you who have signed up to search and protect Namibia's beautiful wildlife! (There's still time to sign up here). Our MicroMappers Wildlife Challenge will launch on Friday, September 26th and run through Sunday, September 28th. More ... Continue reading →

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September 15 2014

From iRevolution Mon Sep 15 2014, 13:19:36

The winner of the Drone Social Innovation Award has just been announced! The $10,000 prize is awarded to the most socially beneficial, documented use of a UAV platform that costs less than $3,000. The purpose of this award is to "spur innovation, investment, and attention to ... Continue reading →

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September 14 2014

From iRevolution Sun Sep 14 2014, 01:41:36

My colleague Helena Puig Larrauri recently published this excellent piece on the ethical problems & possible solutions to using UAVs for good in conflict settings. I highly recommend reading her article. The purpose of my blog post is simply to reflect on the important ... Continue reading →

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September 9 2014

From iRevolution Tue Sep 9 2014, 05:06:13

UAVs are increasingly used in humanitarian response. We have thus added a new Clicker to our MicroMappers collection. The purpose of the "Aerial Clicker" is to crowdsource the tagging of aerial imagery captured by UAVs in humanitarian settings. Trying out ... Continue reading →

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September 8 2014

From iRevolution Mon Sep 8 2014, 01:00:15

UAVs are increasingly being flown autonomously rather than manually. But how does this actually work? In this blog post, I seek to "demystify" the process of programming UAV flights. While a number of platforms exist to program UAVs, they largely resemble each other. So ... Continue reading →

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September 7 2014

From iRevolution Sun Sep 7 2014, 04:07:35

My colleague Leysia Palen recently co-authored an important study (PDF) on tweets posted during last year's major floods in Colorado. As Leysia et al. write, "Because the flooding was widespread, it impacted many canyons and closed off access to communities for a long ... Continue reading →

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