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In the wake of the Japan tsunami disaster derived from one of Japan’s largest earthquakes in record history, over 52.6 million viewers tuned into Ustream to watch the catastrophe in real-time. Viewers around the world united on Ustream to watch the events unfold live and search for any mention of their loved ones through the integrated Social Stream / chat experience. The power of Ustream affected major Japanese news networks that immediately syndicated their aerial news footage directly to Ustream’s platform in order to enhance global distribution.
In this session, we will discuss how live video sharing heightens the true value of its purpose and impact on the world. It is instilling the need among personal and professional communities to integrate live video into their way of life and business. Live broadcasted content is growing exponentially causing more memorable moments to be shared with the entire world through non-traditional media and platforms. The growing interest speaks to how sophisticated live video technology is enhancing. Sharing live moments is no longer associated with standard televisions. Instead, syndication of live content is accessible through computers, smart TVs, streaming devices, and more.
by Kate De Rivero, Ivan Gayton and Pablo Mayrgundter
Responding to medical humanitarian crises is filled with a variety of obstacles. Constraints like limited time for aid workers, uneven staff education, lousy internet and mobile phone access, as well as the frantic pace of emergency response have made aid organizations reluctant to introduce technological innovations into their practice. This panel will explore how two international aid organizations collaborated with technology companies to adapt new technologies to field conditions. In on instance, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teamed up with Google on a spatial mapping project to better understand the cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010. In another program, Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) are teaming up with the mobile phone carrier Expresso and Microsoft’s HealthVault in Senegal to adapt electronic medical record system to SMS. The discussion will address how the programs were implemented, how cultural differences were bridged, and what lessons were learned.
by Riley Crane
Human history is punctuated by revolutions in communication. Innovations ranging from the printing press to the mobile phone continually improved our communication across space and time, culminating in the Internet Age. Itself a product of crowdsourcing, the Internet can harness a community’s ability to create and analyze data, providing us with movie suggestions, online encyclopedias, and personalized search.
Yet, these examples beg the question: how can we communicate without a pre-existing community? The winners of the DARPA Network Challenge began to answer this question by using social media to find 10 red balloons hidden across the US. But what about collaborating to find a missing child? Or coordinating a peaceful protest? Or communicating in the aftermath of a natural disaster? We are on the cusp of yet another revolution, one that could allow ad hoc communication within any crowd united by a common context. To solve this problem, we just need to rethink the way we communicate.
9th–13th March 2012