New article! “When information becomes action: drivers of individuals’ trust in broadcast versus peer‐to‐peer information in disaster response”

After many years and multiple rounds of revision, the core case study from my dissertation on the use of ICTs in disaster response in Samoa has gone live as a pre-print the journal Disasters, published by the Overseas Development Institute! For those without institutional access to the journal, or who just want to download the … Continue reading New article! “When information becomes action: drivers of individuals’ trust in broadcast versus peer‐to‐peer information in disaster response”

MCIT/NUS ICTs in Emergency Survey: Replication data

I spent the last two months managing a research collaboration between Samoa's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the National University of Samoa, collecting nation wide data on how people use information and information technology to respond to natural disasters. This data will feed into my dissertation, as well as be useful to … Continue reading MCIT/NUS ICTs in Emergency Survey: Replication data

Samoa Update: What “Kickstarting an Emergency” got me thinking

Andrej Verity, who works at UN-OCHA, wrote a thought provoking and enjoyable post earlier this week about alternative crowdfunding and Kickstarter-type mechanisms for distributing aid funding to beneficiaries during disaster response.  I posted a few short thoughts in the comments section of the post, but thought it'd be good to expand on them a bit.  Hopefully … Continue reading Samoa Update: What “Kickstarting an Emergency” got me thinking

Rob Baker: Managing risk in the open data and crowdsourcing space

Rob Baker, currently a Presidential Innovation Fellow with USAID, was willing to sit down with me earlier this year to discuss risk management and ethics in crowdsourcing in disaster and conflict-affected regions.  He's incredibly smart, insightful, and brings a deep technical expertise to the practice of crisis mapping and crowdsourcing given his many years of … Continue reading Rob Baker: Managing risk in the open data and crowdsourcing space