Wednesday, October 31, 2012

#tech, communities and disaster #Sandy part 7

I took a brief break to watch the #SFGiants celebrate the World Series Championship - a great day in San Francisco. A bit of cheer (from about 1 million crazed fans).

(The view from nine floors above Market Street, confetti guns and players in cars. I'm going to miss that office space...especially if Giants keep winning)

Here's my 7th post on technology, communities and disaster response.
  1. TechPresident has a great roundup of stories related to tech infrastructure and rumor debunking on its site. If you are interested in how technology is changing politics and our communities, you should check out this site (and consider joining Personal Democracy Media - unsolicited, heartfelt plug from me, People ask me all the time what I read on the web - PDM is always part of the answer)
  2. ModestNeeds - a fundraising site - is connecting to #SandyAid to help folks put out by the storm.   (HT @CDEgger)
  3. Google.Org expanded its tech-driven efforts - mapping shelters, evacuation routes, and danger zones.
  4. The intrepid #hurricanehackers and Geeks Without Bounds are organizing and encouraging crisiscamps this weekend - you can find out more and join one or start your own. Here's a sign up for DC.
  5. CrowdRise and CraigConnects got busy raising money for relief efforts, as did NetworkForGood.
  6. Scientists at Purdue enlisted citizen scientists to gather rain and snow samples during the storm and send them in for isotope analysis. 
  7. The Atlantic reported that the FCC blamed #Sandy for knocking out 25% of all cell towers
  8. I posted earlier about social media self-correcting efforts (see item #2) - debunking myths and lies and fake photographs almost as fast as they could spread. Alexis Madrigal adds some more insight on this. This turned into a robust debate about ethics and disasters and scams - and will probably be something we hear more about as social media become our expected news sources.
  9. The United Nations tweeted out emergency information regarding delegate and staff access to headquarter building. 

Here are the previous posts:

1 comment:

McKenna Moreau said...

Thank you for reacting, aggregating, and sharing this info so quickly. Did anyone else communicate happenings in the data community to Foundations/Philanthropy? Did any Foundations/Philanthropy act as a result? What do you think the role of Foundations/Philanthropy should be, in crisis or post-facto?