Global Pulse Rk Activate Summit


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Global Pulse Rk Activate Summit

  1. 1. UN GLOBAL PULSE<br />Harnessing innovation to protect the vulnerable<br />Robert Kirkpatrick<br />Director, UN Global Pulse<br />Executive Office of the Secretary-General<br />United Nations Headquarters<br />New York, NY<br />Twitter: @unglobalpulse |<br />
  2. 2. In 2009, leaders needed real-time information<br />to respond to the global economic crisis<br /><ul><li>Which population groups are most vulnerable?
  3. 3. Which are already being impacted?
  4. 4. How are they coping?</li></ul>Answering these questions turned out to be a problem.<br />
  5. 5. The Invisible Descent into Poverty<br />Hard-to-track erosive effects of slow-onset crises<br />Crisis<br />(vast oversimplification)<br />Irreversible <br />Harm<br />
  6. 6. Household-level statistics take years to collect and years to validate.<br />2-5 year-old figures just don’t cut it in a global crisis.<br />
  7. 7. The Crisis Information Gap<br />?<br />First data becomes available <br />
  8. 8. Without accurate information to inform social protection policies, vulnerable people slip through the cracks…<br />…and we only find out about years too late<br />
  9. 9. Data, Data Everywhere!<br />Can we close the information gap with new kinds of data?<br />
  10. 10. Services as sensors?<br />
  11. 11. Mobile Services as Human Sensor Networks<br />When our lives change, we change how we use services<br />Flashing<br />Voice Calling <br />SMS Texting<br />SIM Top-offs<br />Mobile banking<br />Money transfers<br />Microloan repayments<br />Tower hopping<br />Health hotlines<br />Agriculture hotlines<br />Educational services<br />Employment services<br />Social networking<br />SMS Search<br />Citizen reporting<br />Food vouchers<br />
  12. 12. Anywhere you are doing global development…<br />Agricultural hotlines as sensor networks?<br />
  13. 13. Sketch for a “Flu Trends for Migration”<br />Can online search reveal an intention to relocate for work?<br />In Spain, searching for “work in Germany”<br />Worldwide Arabic searches for “work in France”<br />
  14. 14. Digital Smoke Signals<br />Detecting crisis-related anomalies in collective behavior<br />economic stress,<br />depression, anxiety<br />lost jobs, job-seeking?<br />affordability of food, fuel, rent, or education,<br />Increases in debt,<br />frustration, dashed hopes, broken dreams, <br />domestic strife,<br />road rage…<br />Mobile Services Data <br />Social Media<br />Online News<br />Crowdsourced Reports<br />Remote Sensing<br />tell<br />us<br />about<br />What <br />can<br />?<br />
  15. 15. Making Sense of Digital Smoke Signals<br />What we can learn from Public Health outbreak surveillance:<br />5. Government now has the evidence needed for national response and global advocacy<br />1. Aggregate, fuse and analyze real-time data from a variety of sources<br />2. Combine human expertise with intelligent software to detect<br />patterns of concern and form hypotheses<br />4. If community leaders confirm hypotheses, work with government to collect and validate additional statistical evidence, as required.<br />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<br />
  16. 16. Data Philanthropy?<br />
  17. 17. Making it Safe for Everyone Involved<br />Developing a robust framework for protecting:<br /><ul><li>Individual Privacy
  18. 18. Data Security
  19. 19. Data Sovereignty
  20. 20. Intellectual Property</li></li></ul><li>UN Global Pulse<br />An innovative blueprint for crisis awareness in the 21st century<br />FRAMEWORK: researching approaches to integrating new data with traditional indicators<br />PLATFORM: tools for real-time collaborative analysis & collective reasoning<br />LABS: building capacity for real-time crisis monitoring at the country-level<br />
  21. 21. Thank you!<br />Robert Kirkpatrick<br />Director, UN Global Pulse<br />United Nations Headquarters<br /><br />+1 (650) 796-5709<br />Twitter: @unglobalpulse |<br />