Current methods of collating and monitoring information in emergencies are time-intensive and do not allow us to track trends, gaps, or insights over time. Internews’ experience in working with local media in emergency situations is grounded in the work of the Internews Humanitarian Information Programs Unit, which has been responding to emergencies in more than 20 countries in the past 10 years.
On November 25th 2013 the CDAC Network hosted a 101 Seminar on Social Media for Emergencies. The Seminar was led by me and Greg Barrow of WFP, and it was hosted by Plan UK. The CDAC Network ‘101 Seminar Series’ is designed to build the capacity of members by improving information sharing amongst members and the wider humanitarian community.
The New Zealand (two small islands located to the right of Australia) Amnesty Chapter recently launched an interesting website Trial by Timeline – to raise awareness that the rights we enjoy as citizens of countries like New Zealand (one of the freest countries on earth) aren’t available everywhere.
There is a clear need, and ample opportunity, for Internews to support valuable experimentation, research, and learning on the importance of timely and relevant information in people's lives in the United States.
On 17 September, I was invited by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) to attend the PICNIC Festival 2012 at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam, where they hosted an entire session entitled “Maps, the Power of the Crowd, and Big Data Verification.” This session focused on the crucial role of crowdsourced information in humanitarian emergencies.
With more than 43 million Facebook accounts and 19 million active Twitter users, Indonesia boasts the second highest number of social media users in Asia. Despite the wave of new technology, these figures mask a stronger undercurrent of digital and social inequality. Indonesia: New Digital Nation?, a new report from the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, explores the potential and limitations of social media and ICTs to support local community development and advocacy in Indonesia and makes recommendations for closing the digital divide.
Social media and user-generated content played an important role in coverage of the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya; however, content from the public was supplementary to traditional newsgathering in media coverage. By contrast, in Syria, with the tight control and exclusion of foreign media, news organizations had to rely almost exclusively on user-generated content, particularly in the early months of the uprising. Much of the user-generated content used by news outlets came via Syrian activists inside Syria and in exile.