Canadian Humanitarian Initiatives Committee

collaborative technology addressing humanitarian needs

March 17th, 2013

Report from ISOC on the First WSIS+10 Review meeting:
Internet Society

March 15th, 2013

Joan Kerr, member of the IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee, attended the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 Forum in Paris, February 25-27. Read the .Green announcement at DotGreen at the World Summit on the Information Society: Collaborating for the Future of Global Information Access

November 23rd, 2011

Speaker(s): Dr. David Wright
Date/Time: Monday December 5, 2011. 5:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: room DMS4165, Desmarais building, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East
Parking: parking fees apply, public transport near-by
Registration: Free to IEEE members, $5 Student and Engineers-in-Transition members, $10 non IEEE members
Organized by: Technology Management Council (TMC), Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) and Professional Communication Society (PCS) and IEEE-Canada HIC.

==> Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served <==

Abstract: IEEE will be launching Special Interest Groups in 2012 for members wanting to organize humanitarian initiatives. Our committee Our committee will focus on encouraging Ottawa IEEE members to get involved by sponsoring this event where professor David Wright will be presenting different aspects of the IEEE HTC Data Connectivity project in remote areas in the Alto Amazonas region of Peru including. Details:

September 5th, 2011

HIC poster presented at Sections Congres 2011

January 14th, 2011

How Social Networks and Mobile Tech Helped in Haiti – (01/12/11) Mathew Ingram
Social media and other mobile tools have been very useful for transmitting crucial information in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti a year ago, but the information was not used as well as it could have been, according to the Knight Foundation. The organization recently released a comprehensive report on the use of technology following the earthquake. The report describes Haiti as a living laboratory for short messaging service (SMS), interactive online maps, radio-cell phone hybrids, and other wireless applications. Although the technology allowed for a democratic approach to information management, new media activists also note that there were limitations in crisis settings when working with military and international humanitarian organizations that have more closed systems. “Information may be gathered and assembled in an open, democratic fashion,” the report says. “But often the practical response effort is driven by large organizations that deal with information in a radically different way.” Ushahidi, which can aggregate and process information from a variety of sources such as SMS, Twitter, and radio, and then plot it on a map, was a powerful tool during the relief effort, as was crowdsourcing. The report says a lack of coordination–and in many cases a lack of understanding of how to use the tools–prevents the Haiti relief effort from being seen as a new media success story.

(Appeared in ACM TechNews, January 14, 2011)