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[liberationtech] UC Berkeley ICT4D Talk by Patrick Meier, Fri Feb 13 at 2PM

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Fri Jan 30 07:55:26 PST 2015

From: Tapan Parikh <parikh at>

Please join us for a talk by Patrick Meier, author of the book Digital
Humanitarians and noted expert on crowd-sourcing and international
development, on Friday February 13 from 2-3PM in South Hall 210.

Digital Humanitarians

Abstract: The overflow of information generated during disasters can
be as paralyzing to humanitarian response as the lack of information.
Making sense of this flash flood of information, "Big Data", is
proving an impossible challenge for traditional humanitarian
organizations; so they’re turning to Digital Humanitarians: tech-savvy
volunteers who craft and leverage ingenious crowdsourcing solutions
with trail-blazing insights from artificial intelligence. This talk
charts the rise of Digital Humanitarians and describes how they make
sense of social media, satellite & aerial imagery and more on behalf
of humanitarian organizations worldwide.

Bio: Patrick Meier is the author of the book "Digital Humanitarians:
How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response." He
directs QCRI's Social Innovation Program where he & his team use human
and machine computing to develop "Next Generation Humanitarian
Technologies" in partnership with international humanitarian
organizations. Patrick was previously with Ushahidi and the Harvard
Humanitarian Initiative. He has a PhD from The Fletcher School,
Pre-Doc from Stanford and an MA from Columbia. His influential blog
iRevolutions has received over 1.5 million hits. Patrick tweets at
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