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How Technology is Changing Disaster Management

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A presentation given in Taiwan on how technology is affecting the field of disaster management.

Smart use of technology is disrupting the way we prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Ever increasing computing power allows for more complex prediction and forecasting to be done, enabling better early warning systems to be developed. Human and electronic sensors are now able to provide disaster managers with information about the situation on the ground in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Explosive growth in mobile phone ownership also enables citizens to become active participants in the disaster response process instead of being simply receivers of assistance. Social networks and mobile platforms allow communities to coordinate their own response and recovery effort, often faster and more efficient than the government can. In this session, we will discuss how we disaster managers can harness these changes instead of fearing them.

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How Technology is Changing Disaster Management

  1. 1. GISLI OLAFSSON • NETHOPE - EMERGENCY RESPONSE DIRECTOR • AUTHOR – THE CRISIS LEADER • ICE-SAR – FORMER TEAM LEADER USAR TEAM • UNDAC – MEMBER SINCE 2005 • ISCRAM – CO-CHAIR HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES TRACK • 20+ YEARS IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT • 30+ YEARS IN ICT
  2. 2. TIMES THEY ARE CHANGING THE ARRIVAL OF SURVIVOR CENTRIC RESPONSE, INTERNET OF THINGS, BIG DATA, MOBILE BROADBAND, CROWDSOURCING, …
  3. 3. ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY
  4. 4. NEW FRONTIERS IN CONNECTIVITY
  5. 5. ARRIVAL OF THE INTERNET OF THINGS
  6. 6. NEW TYPES OF INFORMATION GATHERING
  7. 7. NEW FORMS OF DATA GATHERING
  8. 8. GROWTH IN COMPUTING POWER
  9. 9. RADICAL CHANGE IN SERVICE DELIVERY
  10. 10. GLOBAL REAL-TIME MEDIA
  11. 11. SURVIVOR CENTRIC RESPONSE
  12. 12. EFFECTS ON DISASTER MANAGERS
  13. 13. BARRIERS TO CHANGE POLITICAL WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME? DO I GET ATTRIBUTION? TECHNOLOGICAL LACK OF STANDARDS LACK OF INTEROPERABILITY PLATFORMS CAPACITY HUMAN CAPACITY FINANCIAL CAPACITY
  14. 14. FOSTERING INNOVATION IN THE FIELD
  15. 15. ISSUES TO ADDRESS • PRIVACY CONCERNS • ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS • FUNDING INNOVATION • FINDING THE RIGHT PARTNERS TO WORK WITH • SUSTAINABILITY OF SOLUTIONS DEVELOPED
  16. 16. “ ” IT'S EASY TO COME UP WITH NEW IDEAS; THE HARD PART IS LETTING GO OF WHAT WORKED FOR YOU TWO YEARS AGO, BUT WILL SOON BE OUT OF DATE. ROGER VON OECH QUESTIONS?

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