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Open source software is being used around the world to keep people safe and help ensure self-determination when the existing democratic processes break down. It's providing innovative, scalable, and locally appropriate solutions to the issues of literacy and information dissemination. And it's solving the practical problems of getting help to the right places, and letting people know where to avoid as a disaster unfolds, and where to go for most impact when cleaning up.
Of course, while open source projects are saving the world, working to make every scrap of available information useful, it's social media and ordinary people that are producing the reports, providing the data. But how do you extract signal from the amazing noise generator that is the internet? You guessed it - open source software comes to the rescue again, along with a good dose of volunteer time!
This talk will draw on Noirin's experience with working on crisis management in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, as well as her keen interest in humanitarian work, to look at some of the projects currently saving the world, and how ordinary people can repurpose the technology they use every day to make all of this possible.
21st–24th June 2011