[Air-l] "911.gov" -- Social Networks + Disaster Relief

Paul DiPerna pdiperna at blauexchange.org
Wed Feb 21 08:39:24 PST 2007



I came across a Technology Review article this morning which might
interest some folks here who look at the intersection of ICTs and
public policy.  

"Type 911.gov: Two scientists think that social networks can improve
disaster relief" 

https://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18196/

Here is another backgrounder I found on BBC's site-
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6364301.stm

I definitely like the intent behind this kind of initiative. 
Unfortunately the devil is always in the details when such a great idea
enters a political process, and then actual implementation.  

The Shneiderman-Preece article appeared in Science this past week.
(you'll need a subscription to view)
 
911.gov's purpose reminds me a little of the Katrina PeopleFinder
Project- 
http://katrinahelp.info/wiki/index.php/Katrina_PeopleFinder_Project


Best,

Paul



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