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Presentation give on Ushahidi, crisis mapping, crowdsourcing, activism and check-in's with a purpose at the 2011 Re:publica conference in Berlin

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  • Good morning, my name is Patrick, I am a blogger, an activist, a scholar and a crisis mapper. But I’m not hear to talk about myself. I’m here to talk about us, about humanity and what it means to be human and to bear witness in the era of new media.http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/03/gadhafi-faces-investigation-for-crimes-against-humanity/Moreno-Ocampo provided a map showing the locations where alleged crimes may have been committed.REMEMBER THIS! Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC Prosecutor, sited Facebook and other social media as key influence in ICC taking action in Libya: “[Facebook and social-networking] triggered a very quick reaction. The [United Nations] Security Council reacted in a few days; the U.N. General Assembly reacted in a few days. So, now because the court is up and running we can do this immediately,” he said. “I think Libya is a new world. How we manage the new challenge—that’s what we will see now.” (CNN World News article: “Gadhafi faces investigation for crimes against humanity” by Atika Shubert (watch the video at 1:40), published on March 3, 2011.) Mr. Moreno-Ocampo talks about sea-change in the world’s reaction time to crisis due to the effects of ICT!It took years of conflict and a full genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina before the international community got involved in the Balkans conflict. It only took a few weeks for the world to move in aide of Libya.
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  • during the post election violence 3 years ago. The government denied how widespread the violence was. International organizations that had a mandate to monitor the elections were refusing to share information. The mainstream media couldn’t be everywhere at the same time and could not report on all the killing and massive human rights abuses. But the crowd is always there.
  • during the post election violence 3 years ago. The government denied how widespread the violence was. International organizations that had a mandate to monitor the elections were refusing to share information. The mainstream media couldn’t be everywhere at the same time and could not report on all the killing and massive human rights abuses. But the crowd is always there.
  • So 4 Kenyan friends launched Ushahidi—which means witness in Swahili-- to crowdsource the reporting of human rights abuses across Kenya. They set up a dedicated SMS number so that Kenyans could text in reports on human rights violations. By doing so, the crowd was able to document human rights violations that would otherwise have gone completely undocumented.Ushahidi means witness in Swahili So Ory, Erik, David and Juliana launched Ushahidi within a matter of days. Ushahidi means witness in Swahili and the platform allowed individual Kenyans to send in reports of human rights abuses via SMS. By crowdsourcing crisis information,
  • Ushahidi is a free and open source platform from Africa which allows individuals to collaborate in producing live maps of the world around them. We’ve designed Ushahidi so that there is no one single point of failure when reporting to the map. Users can use SMS, voicemail, email, Twitter, dedicated smart phone apps, web-based forms, pictures, video footage and soon Facebook and Skype as well to submit information to the map.
  • So 4 Kenyan friends launched Ushahidi—which means witness in Swahili-- to crowdsource the reporting of human rights abuses across Kenya. They set up a dedicated SMS number so that Kenyans could text in reports on human rights violations. By doing so, the crowd was able to document human rights violations that would otherwise have gone completely undocumented.Ushahidi means witness in Swahili So Ory, Erik, David and Juliana launched Ushahidi within a matter of days. Ushahidi means witness in Swahili and the platform allowed individual Kenyans to send in reports of human rights abuses via SMS. By crowdsourcing crisis information,
  • Ten days later, Craig Fugate, the head of FEMA noted in a public statement or Tweet that the map was the most comprehensive and up-to-date map available. Lets think about that for a minute. This map was not launched by professional first-responders or humanitarian experts or search and rescue teams on the ground. It was launched and maintained by hundreds of student volunteers some 1,500 miles away from the disaster using a platform from Africa. None of them ever set foot in Haiti. We are entering a more multi-polar system of humanitarian response where students and universities stand to become a more important actors in crisis response regardless of geography.
  • That evening, a dozen friends showed up in my living room. I’ve looked at this picture a hundred times but only yesterday did I realize the number of different nationalities represented: American, Iranian, Norwegian, British, French, Czech Republic. They stayed up all night with me, mapping while the snow fell quietly outside.
  • during the post election violence 3 years ago. The government denied how widespread the violence was. International organizations that had a mandate to monitor the elections were refusing to share information. The mainstream media couldn’t be everywhere at the same time and could not report on all the killing and massive human rights abuses. But the crowd is always there.
  • Between them, these volunteers mapped over 3,500 individual reports from hundreds of sources and you can see just how densely populated the map was. Not only that, but the map was being updated every 10-15 minutes with dozens of new dots, this map was truly alive.
  • REMEMBER THIS! Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC Prosecutor, sited Facebook and other social media as key influence in ICC taking action in Libya: “[Facebook and social-networking] triggered a very quick reaction. The [United Nations] Security Council reacted in a few days; the U.N. General Assembly reacted in a few days. So, now because the court is up and running we can do this immediately,” he said. “I think Libya is a new world. How we manage the new challenge—that’s what we will see now.” (CNN World News article: “Gadhafi faces investigation for crimes against humanity” by Atika Shubert (watch the video at 1:40), published on March 3, 2011.) Mr. Moreno-Ocampo talks about sea-change in the world’s reaction time to crisis due to the effects of ICT!
  • REMEMBER THIS! Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC Prosecutor, sited Facebook and other social media as key influence in ICC taking action in Libya: “[Facebook and social-networking] triggered a very quick reaction. The [United Nations] Security Council reacted in a few days; the U.N. General Assembly reacted in a few days. So, now because the court is up and running we can do this immediately,” he said. “I think Libya is a new world. How we manage the new challenge—that’s what we will see now.” (CNN World News article: “Gadhafi faces investigation for crimes against humanity” by Atika Shubert (watch the video at 1:40), published on March 3, 2011.) Mr. Moreno-Ocampo talks about sea-change in the world’s reaction time to crisis due to the effects of ICT!
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  • Rise of crowdfeeding
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  • They say that history is written by the victors. But now, before the victors win,there is a chance to scream out with a text message that will not vanish.What would we know about what passed between Turks and Armenians,between Germans and Jews, if every one of them had had the chance,before the darkness, to declare for all time: “I was here, and this is what happened to me”?

Re:publica 2011: Changing the World, One Map at a Time Re:publica 2011: Changing the World, One Map at a Time Presentation Transcript

  • Changing the World …
    … One Map at a Time
    @patrickmeier
  • 1994
  • 800,000 peoplemurdered
  • … and the world’s response?
  • “Look the other way”
  • What if Twitter had existed in 1994 and Dallaire had tweeted his concerns instead of sending a fax?
    RomeoDallaireRomeo Dallaire
  • 2008
  • 500,000 peopledisplaced
  • … and the world’s response?
  • our
    … and the world’s response?
  • 2010
  • 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake
  • … and our response?
  • @patrickmeier
  • “The Marine Corps is using your project every second of the day to get aid and assistance to the people that need it most”
  • SMS 4636
  • Credit: Rob Munro
  • Credit: Rob Munro
  • 2011
  • 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake
  • Mass atrocities in Libya
  • www.CrisisMappers.net
    Standby Volunteer Task Force
  • So, you want to be a Crisis Mapper, hmmm?
  • Join@StandbyTaskforce.com
  • How About Activism?
    @patrickmeier
  • Millions join the protests
  • “We use Facebook to schedule protests, Twitter to coordinate and YouTube to tell the world.”
  • Civil Resistance in Egypt
  • Move Tactically & Strategically
  • Walk Like an Egyptian …
  • “Having a real-time map,
    complete with satellite photos,
    of where everyone is at any one moment is almost as good as having your own helicopter overhead — maybe better,
    if you can distract the crew
    of the helicopter.”
  • Check-in’s with
    a Purpose
  • So, wanna play? : )
    http://download.ushahidi.com
    http://rp11.crowdmap.com
  • Student protests in London: Sukey
  • So What’s Next?
    @patrickmeier
  • “If radio gave each event a sound, TV – an image, then this relatively new ‘mapping reflex’ gave each event a geographic location”
  • The Take Away?
  • Don’t get too jazzed up!
    Tech is only 10% of
    the solution
  • @patrickmeier