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Paul Conneally: Digital humanitarianism The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts. At TEDxRC2, Paul Conneally shows extraordinary examples of social media and other new technologies becoming central to humanitarian aid.

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27 thoughts on “Paul Conneally: Digital humanitarianism”

  1. 5 Billion people in the world have phone subscriptions while me, a college student in the US, is spending so much on school that I can't afford a phone. Something is wrong with this picture.

  2. Communication is stone one of the very foundation of life. Without free communication we are at war with every aspect of our lives. When government says it wishes to protect communication, beware. Government fears effective communication of the people because it's very policies are based on deception and manipulation.
    When the majority of the people can communicate freely, without limitation of information, governments will fall.

  3. This argument about the social media and technology impact on Haiti disaster reaction is presented at the RSA (same reference), as also the conclusion of the humanitarian importance of this new communication sources on society, is all included in the video about “rsa the empathic civilization”.
    Nice video, please if you liked this one, view both to get a wider explanation of the good impact of new communication technology on society.

  4. @Flameboy1042

    tv and other sort of ads make things shorter (more effcient?), affecting inderectly our "patience" and ultimately make us think (a culture as a whole) that short/small is better/faster. a 2 min talk is an ad (very long ad, you might think) a 10min talk is nice coversation to have, talks that are getting every time more rare to have.

  5. @Realyisraeli red diamond is such a small organization that a google search on "red diamond" brings up a coffee company, but no aid organization in the first 10 results. It's not a conspiracy, just an organization that doesn't have much influence outside a small area.

  6. @Shell4445 Nothing is more futile than fear of change, for the present is instantaneous and ever changing.

    Our instincts are outdated, and biological evolution simply cannot keep up with humanity's progress. The only thing we have to fear from excessive reliance on technology is the technology's inadequacy in replacing certain aspects of what we call reality, or its reliability in doing so consistently. It's true that we need to exercise caution, but we cannot afford to ignore its capabilities.

  7. @SeniorGarbonzo you should probably find out what is the ' thought' that is allowing the foul mood to happen. then you wont have to depend on ted. ………………….wish you well. regards

  8. It's a bit controversial subject I'd say. I am not sure if hyper-connectivity lead for greater synergy. I agree it's suppose to, but often doesn't work like that.

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