[hackerspaces] Hacking for Haiti

Donald J Ankney dankney at hackerco.de
Sat Jan 23 02:55:16 CET 2010

But note that none of the teams are in Haiti. There's a big difference between building tools for emergency responders and being one.

On Jan 22, 2010, at 1:14 PM, Hank The Curmudgeon wrote:

>>>> Take special note of the last paragraph.<<<
> Source: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-sociologist/Hacking-for-Haiti.html?elq=109ed3ab4acd4c92a4b41787fca3a319
> Disaster Sociologist
> by Jeannette Sutton: Social media news and views for disaster response
> Hacking for Haiti
> January 16, 2010
> Today techies across the U.S. and in the U.K. are joined together in a
> collaborative effort to develop tools and technologies that will be of
> use to responders and victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster.
> Volunteers with tech skills ranging from programming, natural language
> processing, and mapping (among just a few) are working on various
> projects that have the potential to connect people to vital
> information resources and speed rescue and recovery efforts.
> Teams are gathered in London, Washington D.C., Brooklyn, Denver,
> Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles.
> Representing the "non-techie side," I'm observing the bustling
> activities of the two teams working here in Denver. One group is
> collaborating on a project called "Tweak the Tweets," a project
> identified during the Random Hacks of Kindness and driven by
> researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder . A second is
> considering tasks of translating tags being used to filter information
> on flickr, delicious, and blogs in English into French Creole. A host
> of projects are being developed in the other five sites.
> You can follow the activities of the Crisis Camps on Twitter
> @crisiscamp, or by observing twitter hashtags #cchaiti, #ccla, and
> #ccden.
> This emergent network of disaster hackers comes on the heels of
> several crisiscamps launched in the past year. Led from within, no
> organization is leading and yet this self-organized group of creative
> and concerned global citizens is reaching out to assist in a
> humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. It is yet another example of
> an emergent group that has identified a set of unmet needs and
> altruistically gather together to address them using their various
> skill-sets.
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