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[liberationtech] Patrick Meier on Digital Humanitarians at Today's Stanford Liberationtech Seminar

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Thu Mar 12 14:22:27 PDT 2015

From: Kathleen Barcos <kbarcos at>

Digital Humanitarians

Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation at QCRI

March 12, 2015 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

School of Education, Room 128


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. Digital
Humanitarians take online collective action to the next
level—particularly when spearheading relief efforts in countries ruled
by dictatorships. This talk charts the rise of Digital Humanitarians
and concludes with their collective action in repressive contexts.

Speaker Bio

Patrick Meier is the author of the book " Digital Humnitarians: 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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