UN GLOBAL PULSE Harnessing innovation to protect the vulnerable Robert Kirkpatrick Director, UN Global Pulse Executive Office of the Secretary-General United Nations Headquarters New York, NY Twitter: @unglobalpulse | www.unglobalpulse.org
In 2009, leaders needed real-time information to respond to the global economic crisis
Mobile Services as Human Sensor Networks When our lives change, we change how we use services Flashing Voice Calling SMS Texting SIM Top-offs Mobile banking Money transfers Microloan repayments Tower hopping Health hotlines Agriculture hotlines Educational services Employment services Social networking SMS Search Citizen reporting Food vouchers
Anywhere you are doing global development… Agricultural hotlines as sensor networks?
Sketch for a “Flu Trends for Migration” Can online search reveal an intention to relocate for work? In Spain, searching for “work in Germany” Worldwide Arabic searches for “work in France”
Digital Smoke Signals Detecting crisis-related anomalies in collective behavior economic stress, depression, anxiety lost jobs, job-seeking? affordability of food, fuel, rent, or education, Increases in debt, frustration, dashed hopes, broken dreams, domestic strife, road rage… Mobile Services Data Social Media Online News Crowdsourced Reports Remote Sensing tell us about What can ?
Making Sense of Digital Smoke Signals What we can learn from Public Health outbreak surveillance: 5. Government now has the evidence needed for national response and global advocacy 1. Aggregate, fuse and analyze real-time data from a variety of sources 2. Combine human expertise with intelligent software to detect patterns of concern and form hypotheses 4. If community leaders confirm hypotheses, work with government to collect and validate additional statistical evidence, as required. 3. Crowd-source preliminary reports of causes and impacts from local government, teachers, community health workers, radio hosts and alert them to possible risks and recommended coping strategies
UN Global Pulse An innovative blueprint for crisis awareness in the 21st century FRAMEWORK: researching approaches to integrating new data with traditional indicators PLATFORM: tools for real-time collaborative analysis & collective reasoning LABS: building capacity for real-time crisis monitoring at the country-level
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