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Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian
(Track Session - 15 min)
Heather Blanchard, a graduate candidate in Global Communications at the American University of Paris, will discuss her experiences and lessons learned on the digital frontlines of disaster response both within government at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as a co-founder of CrisisCommons. Heather will share lessons learned from Haiti, Japan and New Zealand earthquakes, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac and outline opportunity, challenges, and best practices of open source software adoption for domestic emergency management and international humanitarian relief.