US Launch: Humanitarianism in Network Age

Source: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 01:10 PM
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New Communication Technologies &  Humanitarian Aid On April 25th, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Peace Institute (IPI) hosted the launch of the new OCHA publication, Humanitarianism in the Network Age, that explores how new information and communication technologies are bringing people in need closer to people who can help. “Humanitarianism in the Network Age” (HINA) examines the implications for how a world of increasingly informed, connected and self-reliant communities will affect the delivery of humanitarian aid. It lays out some of the most pertinent features of these new technologies, such as SMS, social media and others, and identifies the opportunities and difficulties in applying them. Caption: Yusuf said: "With this I am able to call my father. We're close enough to Syria that I am able to catch signal from the Syrian towers sometimes". Credit: UNHCR/Brian Sokol   The report argues that: Information needs to be seen as a basic need in humanitarian response. The ways in which humanitarian information is collected, shared, and analysed need to change fundamentally. There is a need to create new capacities and ways of thinking in aid organizations and governments to understand and use new information sources. New technologies also bring new risks and humanitarians will need to develop guidelines to ensure that information is used in an ethical and secure manner.   At the New York lanuch of the report, Francesco Mancini, IPI Senior Director of Research, modeerated lively and candid discussion about these issues and around the way communities are using technology to respond to disaster and what this means for the future of humanitarian response. Speakers on the day were: Ms. Gwi-Yeop Son, Director, OCHA Corporate Programmes DivisionMs. Anahi Iaccuci, Head of Innovation, InternewsMs. Desiree Matel-Anderson, Chief Innovation Advisor, United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Watch the event video here or check out the discussion on Twitter using hashtags #HINA & #ipinst.  The London launch of the report is being organised in partnership with the CDAC Network. Read more here Read how commisaid affects lives here

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