“The interactive map included the names and addresses of police officers and other law enforcement officials such as prison guards. The latter were subsequently threatened by inmates who used the map to find out exactly where they lived. Former crooks and thieves confirmed the map would be highly valuable for planning crimes (“news you can use”). They warned that criminals could easily use the map either to target houses with no guns (to avoid getting shot) or take the risk and steal the weapons themselves. Shotguns and hand-guns have a street value of $300-$400 per gun. This could lead to a proliferation of legally owned guns on the street.”
DEAN ZAMBRANO – 15 minutes
NMTF Crisis Mapping Fall 2013
Technology is not scary!
NEW MEDIA TASK FORCE
What is Crisis Mapping?
Information, Communication and Technology, and early warning systems,
collectively in support of humanitarian aid.
Crisis Mapping initiatives enable:
Potential to prevent mass atrocities
Mitigate effects of natural disasters
Strengthen international aid agency
Who are Crisis Mappers?
Online teams of people who turn publicly available
online data about a crisis into usable information.
Standby Taskforce - http://blog.standbytaskforce.com
CrisisMappers - http://crisismappers.net
What are the Technologies?
Map-creating technologies (e.g.OpenStreetMap - open
Reports/data to map and map viewer technologies (e.g.
Geolocation (finding lat/longs of places) (e.g. Google Maps)
SMS to data technologies (e.g. FrontlineSMS, RapidSMS)
Media monitoring technologies (e.g. GeoFeedia - streams
History of Crisis Mapping
2008 – Kenya Election - Ushahidi developed to map reports
of violence in Kenya after the election.
2010 – Haiti Earthquake – Crisis Mappers organize to use
satellite images, SMS and media reports, etc. to replace
government and NGO information lost in collapsed buildings
Since then, crisismapping deployments have covered crises
like Libya (refugees), Japan (tsunami), Chile (earthquake),
Pakistan (floods), Somalia (refugees), Alabama
Khartoum Floods: http://hotosm.github.io/HDMCartoCSS/#10/15.6158/32.7626