Why Universities are Key for the Future of Crisis Mapping In January 2010, I launched the Ushahidi Crisis Map for Haiti. In February, I launched the Ushahidi Crisis Map of Chile. Neither initiative would have been possible without the incredible student volunteer network that formed at The Fletcher School/Tufts University, the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). We also had a few volunteers from the London School of Economics (LSE). Privacy policies for health social networking sites Journal of the American Medical Informatics Associationjamia.bmj.com 2013;20:704-707 doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001500 Focus on human factors and system utilization Perspective
List of People search engines This is a list of articles about search engines, including web search engines, selection-based search engines, metasearch engines, desktop search tools, and web portals and vertical market websites that have a search facility for online databases. By content/topic General P2P search engines Geographically limited scope Semantic
70 Things Every Computer Geek Should Know. The term ‘geek’, once used to label a circus freak, has morphed in meaning over the years. What was once an unusual profession transferred into a word indicating social awkwardness. As time has gone on, the word has yet again morphed to indicate a new type of individual: someone who is obsessive over one (or more) particular subjects, whether it be science, photography, electronics, computers, media, or any other field. What is Crisis Mapping? An Update on the Field and Looking Ahead I last updated my piece on A Brief History of Crisis Mapping some two years ago, well before the first International Conference on Crisis Mapping was held (ICCM 2009). So a brief update on the past 24 months may be in order, especially for a field that continues to grow so rapidly. When I Googled the term “crisis mapping” in September 2009, I got 8,680 hits.
Beware health searches: Web data may be leaked to third parties Patients who search on health Websites may find that touchy terms such as herpes and depression may be leaked to third party tracking sites, according to research by University of Southern California professor. In a research letter published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication, Marco D. Huesch, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. at USC found six or seven popular health sites had at least one third party tracking element. Huesch used a sample of 20 sites and commercial interception software to highlight the data swapping. The upshot is that folks conducting health searches may want to stick to U.S. government sites or physician oriented sites.
presented at Google’s Zeitgeist and got advice from Tim Berners- By Maarten on May 19th 2010 Zeitgeist is an event organized by Google for executives and CEO’s of major companies. It inspires, provides insights and shows what’s coming. Major speakers took the stage. These included amongst others: Nobel peace price winner Desmond Tutu, London Mayor Boris Johnson, inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Don Tapscott, writer of Wikinomics and many others. Layar was invited too, to attend, to demo … and to present. A Brief History of Crisis Mapping (Updated) Introduction One of the donors I’m in contact with about the proposed crisis mapping conference wisely recommended I add a big-picture background to crisis mapping. This blog post is my first pass at providing a brief history of the field. In a way, this is a combined summary of several other posts I have written on this blog over the past 12 months plus my latest thoughts on crisis mapping. Evidently, this account of history is very much influenced by my own experience so I may have unintentionally missed a few relevant crisis mapping projects.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Releases Study: Mobile Health and Fitness Apps: What Are the Privacy Risks? Many individuals use mobile apps to monitor their health, learn about specific medical conditions, and help them achieve personal fitness goals. Apps in the “wellness” space include those that support diet and exercise programs; pregnancy trackers; behavioral and mental health coaches; symptom checkers that can link users to local health services; sleep and relaxation aids; and personal disease or chronic condition managers. After studying 43 popular health and fitness apps (both free and paid) from both a consumer and technical perspective, it is clear that there are considerable privacy risks for users – and that the privacy policies for those apps that have policies do not describe those risks. However, these apps appeal to a wide range of consumers because they can be beneficial, convenient, and are often free to use. Consumers should not assume any of their data is private in the mobile app environment—even health data that they consider sensitive. Our findings:
Think You Know What Ushahidi Is? Think Again Ushahidi is the name of both the organization (Ushahidi Inc) and the platform. This understandably leads to some confusion. So let me elaborate on both. Ushahidi the platform is a piece of software, not a methodology. The Ushahidi platform allows users to map information of interest to them.