From the category archives:

Social Tools in Disasters

10 Tactics – Turning Information into Action

April 29, 2010

Tweet This is a post that’s long overdue, since the time the film was released! I was spurred to write it this morning, as I’m quite excited to be on a panel discussion at the screening of Tactical Tech’s film called 10 Tactics – Turning Information into Action. The screening is at the Conference Room […]

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Kids for Mumbai

December 5, 2008

Tweet Priyanka Kargupta is an 8 year old living in Maryland, USA. She’s set up Kids for Mumbai – to help those affected by the Mumbai Terror Attacks.  I personally don’t know her, just got an email from her, and would encourage you to assess it for yourselves before donating.  She’s provided links to her […]

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Are we asking the right questions?

December 3, 2008

Tweet A whole lot of questions are being asked about whether the Twitter #mumbai feed was citizen journalism or not. Many ‘sides’ are emerging in this debate. I found this post (thru’ a tweet by @MaryHodder) which asks How Should Journalists Use Twitter? I’m not so sure it’s the right question to be asking … […]

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Mumbai Bleeds

November 27, 2008

Tweet {updated: 28 November 10.30 am IST} Some helpline numbers: List of Injured and Deceased JJ Hospital +91 22 23739031 St George’s Hospital – +91 22 22620240 Mumbai Police’s Helpline Numbers Taj helpline numbers for info about people stuck inside – +91 -22-66574322, +91-22-66574372, local toll free 1-800-111-825 Trident Hotel Helpline : 011-23890606, 011-23890505, 9810956888 […]

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The Paradox of the Wisdom of Crowds

November 7, 2008

Tweet I rediscovered this TED talk by James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds. James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news — and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy. . […]

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Web-based volunteer efforts around Hurricane Gustav

August 31, 2008

Tweet Volunteers on the world wide web are getting ready to help as Hurricane Gustav gathers fury heading towards the Northern Gulf Coast. I was alerted to this through tweets by Andy Carvin, (@acarvin) who’s coordinating these efforts: * Gustav Information Center is up * Follow live updates on Gustav at Twitter – search for […]

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Jaipur Blasts

May 14, 2008

Tweet Rohit Gupta is updating us on the real situation from Jaipur on Twitter.

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It takes disasters …

May 13, 2008

Tweet …. to break my blogging hiatus. How helpless we are under the force of nature’s fury. Myanmar Cyclone 28,458 deaths & 33,416 missing. China Earthquake almost 10000 dead & mounting. All of this in less than 10 days. There’s been a huge load of blogging and tweeting live as the earthquake and its aftermath […]

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Somewherein using SMS to raise funds for Sidr Victims

November 23, 2007

Tweet Aparna Ray, in a post at Global Voices Online links to several blogs that are trying to garner aid and resources to help victims of Cyclone Sidr. [Image on right courtesy BBC News]. Towards the end of the post, she shares this simple yet cool use of SMS to get people to donate: Bangla […]

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Panties for Democracy

October 22, 2007

Tweet Send your panties to Burmese embassies as a sign of protest for the atrocities being committed by the Burmese regime. A new wave of activism, Panties for Peace – a manoeuvre meant to embarrass and insult the Junta: “The manoeuvre is a calculated insult to the junta and its leader, General Than Shwe. Superstitious […]

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