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Risks of the Network Age

The Network Age offers a range of opportunities to humanitarian organizations, but there are also several risks which are described in the paper “Humanitarianism in the Network Age”: Accuracy and Utility If the basic data is wrong, the decisions based on the analysis of that data will reflect those errors and can lead to incorrect… continue

Opportunities to humanitarianism of the Network Age

(source: Humanitarianism in the Networking Age) The networking age offers a variety of opportunities to humanitarianism, but what kind of risks does it pose?… continue

Role of social media during the 2010 Haiti earthquake

Role of social media in disaster management

The role of social media in disaster management became galvanized during the world response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. During the immediate aftermath, much of what people around the world were learning about the earthquake originated from social media sources. Social media became the new forum for collective intelligence, social convergence, and community activism.(Source:… continue

The Role of Social Networks in the Philippines

“On 6 August 2012, Kassy Pajarillo issued an urgent appeal on the social network Twitter: her mother and grandmother were trapped by surging floodwaters in the Filipino capital, Manila, could anybody help? Within minutes, emergency responders hat dispatched a military truck, and her family was saved. Kassy was one of thousands of people that day… continue

Social Media & Humanitarian Response

8 key uses of professional social networking include: Creating new real-world contacts Building communities (interest groups, communities of practice, virtual centres of excellence) Crowd-sourcing (using knowledge held in the broader network to solve problems- Ushahidi is an example of a humanitarian platform which taps into the network as a resource) Information Management Information Sharing (Twitter… continue

UN Social Media Day

UN Panel discussion “UN Social Media Day” related to our panel discussion “Social Media: Heaven or Hell?” on friday 30 January 2015. “While the event is primarily aimed at an internal UN audience, all panels and sessions will be live webcast via UN Webcast and via the Hashtag #SocialUN” read more at… continue