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Philippines Gov't Launches Portal To Transparently Handle Foreign Aid

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, November 25 2013

Hygiene kits and water in the Philippines (Flickr/U.S. Embassy in Manila)

Foreign funds are flooding into the Philippines in the wake of Super-typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda. Three days ago the World Bank increased its aid package to nearly US$1 billion. The Asian Development Bank will provide up to US$523 million in assistance. To ensure the funds are used in a responsible manner, the Philippines Department of Budget and Management launched the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub, or FAiTH.

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Can Patrick Meier's New App MicroMappers Completely Change The Way We Think About Clicktivism?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, September 19 2013

Patrick Meier (SHAREconference / Flickr)

Imagine 20, 30, or even 50 thousand volunteers helping a community, whether on the other side of the country or the other side of the world, in the aftermath of a disaster, and all with just a few swipes on a smartphone. Patrick Meier's new platform MicroMappers makes that possible, and anyone with an Internet connection and five minutes to spare can contribute to disaster relief.

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Build Your Own Disaster Relief Drone

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, June 26 2013

The OpenRelief Drone (carrierdetect/Flickr)

Anyone with a thousand bucks and some engineering know-how can now build their very own drone. Unlike those controversial ones used in the “drone war,” these are made for disaster relief.

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Hurricane Sandy Moves Occupy Wall Street from Protest to People-Powered Relief

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 30 2012

Hurricane Sandy's winds toppled trees and caused widespread damage throughout New York. Photo: p_romano / Flickr

A group of people from the Occupy Wall Street movement is collaborating with the climate change advocacy group 350.org and a new online toolkit for disaster recovery, recovers.org, to organize a grassroots relief effort in New York City. Using Recovers.org, a web-based platform for organizing disaster response, Occupy volunteers are processing incoming offers of help and requests for aid, said Justin Wedes, a longtime occupier who 350.org put me in touch with when I contacted them about this project. Read More

In the Wake of Krymsk Floods, Social Media Powers Russian Relief Efforts

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Wednesday, July 18 2012

Many Russians, like civic activists in other parts of the world, are learning that being networked enables all kinds of new, bottom-up efforts. And, interestingly enough, the stories coming out of Russia now around the floods are strikingly reminiscent of other grassroots, network-based relief projects that we’ve seen take place after the Katrina hurricane, the Haiti earthquake, and the Joplin tornado last year. Read More

Five Lessons From Joplin Tornado Info About Social Media and Disaster Relief

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, June 29 2012

After talking with two of the three authors of "The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery," a 32-page guide borne of experience with the aftermath of the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, just over a year ago, Micah Sifry synthesizes five lessons from their call for anyone looking to add the web to their disaster preparedness plans. The full guide is available here. Read More

Twitter Used for Ad-Hoc Disaster Relief in Indonesia

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 22 2010

As interesting for its analysis as for the subject matter itself is UN Dispatch blogger Alana Sheikh's take on a Reuters wire story about how Twitter was used in disaster relief after a tsunami and volcanic eruptions ... Read More

In the Gulf, a Joint Online Response

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 11 2010

Crews work Saturday, May 8, 2010, to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform caught fire and sank. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel // via ... Read More

Haiti: A Fresh Look, From the Air

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 14 2010

Google put together this before-and-after shot using newly available imagery of Haiti, post-earthquake. Google announced last night that it has released a map layer with up-to-date imagery of Haiti. The imagery, which ... Read More