New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest


Facebook’s Free Basics Incubator

Facebook and its initiative (now called ‘Free Basics’), have faced their fair share of criticism, but I’m guessing that neither is going away anytime soon. So, here’s something that may be of interest to folks working with and/or designing mobile tools for lower income populations or those with lower end phones. Praekelt Foundation is partnering with Facebook on an open source toolkit of technologies and strategies that will open the Free Basics platform to more organizations and/or tech developers to adapt existing services or create new ones for distribution through the web and the Free Basics platform. Praekelt Foundation will be running this incubator for Free Basics. It will provide 100 social change organizations with tools, service and support worth a total of $200,000

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Community Survey: Use of Digital Clinical Resources

Digital clinical resources are on- and off-line tools that are used in the context of medical education and/or care delivery with the overarching goal of Read More


Invitation to screening of ‘The Look of Silence’

The ICT4Peace Foundation is pleased to invite you to the screening of the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary, The Look of Silence, as part of the Human Rights Film Festival, Zurich. Sunday, 11th December 2016 Arthouse Uto Kalkbreitestrasse 3, Zurich 11.30hrs Q&A with Joshua Oppenenheimer at 13.15hrs (over Skype video) Released in 2014, the film is directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and is about the Indonesian killings of 1965–66.

What a Trump Presidency Might Mean For Global Health

Last week, the world was shocked by the news that Donald Trump would become the next United States President. In this post, Emory University’s James Michiel takes a first look at how this surprising result might influence global health in the coming years. ON Wednesday 9th November, America woke up to the shocking news that, after a long, bitter election cycle, Donald J. Trump, the reality television star and controversial businessman, had bested former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States. The news was a startling surprise to those who had trusted the statisticians and prognosticators who had predicted a sweeping victory for the Democratic nominee, and a terrifying shock to those who have been disgusted by Trump’s oftentimes violently racist and misogynist rhetoric throughout the campaign

An app. For my children.

It’s no secret to readers of this blog that for a while now I’ve been attempting to get back into coding. This, combined with a growing interest in building sustainability into many of my projects, has fuelled my interest in the potential of mobile apps to build out some of my ideas. Today sees the launch of my first experimental app. While I didn’t write the code it’s been a useful exercise in understanding the process of app design, app development, testing and publishing.

ICT4Peace at Munich Security Conference: Cybersecurity must be part of the Global Development…

ICT4Peace was invited to participate in Munich Security Conference’s (MSC) Cybersecurity Summit Silicon Valley 2016 on 19 and 20 September 2016. When discussing the issue of capacity building in Cybersecurity, ICT4Peace’s Daniel Stauffacher, speaking from the floor, reiterated the importance of capacity building to build a safer global cyberspace and especially the need to also include the developing and emerging economies in the debate at the UN and elsewhere, on norms, rules and principles of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace and the promotion of confidence building measures (CBMs) to prevent an escalation of cyber-attacks. He expressed his concern, that despite numerous efforts, cybersecurity capacity building has still not sufficiently entered the international development cooperation debate, neither in the context of the UN SDGs, nor e.g.

ICT4Peace Cybersecurity Policy and Diplomacy workshop for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam

In cooperation with the Government of the Lao PDR, ICT4Peace organised it’s Workshop on Cybersecurity Policy and Diplomacy in Vientiane for the CLMV Countries Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Over 40 Diplomats and Officials from Certs and other Ministries, Academics and Private Sector Companies from CLMV countries as well as international experts participated in this two day Workshop on 31 October and 1 November 2016. The Workshop was opened by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Lao PDR.

New Media Course: Tools & Techniques for Civilian Crisis Management

The challenge for journalists and experts working in civilian crisis management is finding a way to filter the information and determine what is relevant with the overload of information, and further, to communicate that effectively to the right people in an efficient manner. This course introduces participants to a variety of new and social media tools, platforms and apps used in the collection, presentation, verification and dissemination of information.

Time for a ‘slow innovation’ movement?

Dear fellas. I can’t believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid, but now they’re everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry Brooks – quoted in the Shawshank Redemption Today everyone seems to be in such a rush.

ICT4Peace on Cybersecurity Capacity Building at the UN General Assembly First Committee

ICT4Peace was invited on 5 October 2016 to make a presentation on cybersecurity capacity building at a side event of UN General Assembly First Committee. This Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. The presentation by ICT4Peace’s Daniel Stauffacher can be found here

Video: Time to pay attention

You shouldn’t need anyone to tell you that there were refugees long before the Syrian crisis brought their horror further into the public consciousness. There was famine before recent announcements of severe food shortages in Yemen, Malawi and Nigeria, too. And, today, with over fifty countries run by dictatorships, oppression isn’t in short supply, either. As heartening as it is to see the public response to the latest humanitarian crisis or injustice, it’s a shame that in so many cases it takes a major news event to bring a particular concept of suffering to people’s attention.

Farming or scratching? An innovation dilemma.

A basketball referee almost gets lynched at a match in Brazil when his pea whistle breaks at a crucial point in a game. A real estate agent drops hot coffee over himself after the serviette wrapped around the cup by the barista slips off while he’s driving. And a young man going bald who decides he might as well shave his head completely gets frustrated after finding that traditional razors just can’t do the job. Meet Ron Foxcroft, inventor of the Fox 40 Whistle; Jay Sorensen, inventor of the Java Jacket; and Todd Greene, inventor of the Headblade. I came across the inspiring stories of these three inventors during my flight to Boston earlier today

Planet Earth: Desperately Seeking Moral Leadership

It’s not every day that you get the chance to spar with a Nobel Peace Prize winner on how to make the world a better place, but that’s exactly what happened to me three years ago. Tori Hogan invited me to sit on a panel she was organizing with Archbishop Desmond Tutu – who was 85 last week – aboard the MV Explorer, a ship sailing the world with hundreds of students aboard along with a dozen tech startups which I was invited to help mentor. I’d already had the chance to sit down with the Archbishop over breakfast a few times during my few weeks aboard, and soon discovered that his optimism and hope for the world was immense. I’m a little more cautious, and our slight differences of opinion came out early in the discussion.

ICCM 2016, Manila, Philippines: Video message from ICT4Peace Foundation

The International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) is the leading humanitarian technology event of the year, bringing together the most important humanitarian, human rights, development and media organizations with the world’s best technology companies, software developers and academics. As thus one of the few neutral spaces where such important conversations can take place, the annual ICCM conference brings together a wide range of diverse actors for important conversations that lead to concrete new projects and deliverables across a variety of diverse domains. As a community of practice, the ICCM thus helps facilitate new projects and catalyzes innovation in the area of humanitarian technology

International Governance for Peace and Security in Cyberspace

ICT4Peace’s Daniel Stauffacher was invited to give a lecture on “International Governance for Peace and Security in Cyberspace” at the Summer School of the Swiss Study Foundation organised in collaboration with Prof. Michael Ambühl, Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management, ETH Zurich, and former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, on 6. September 2016 at the Centro in Magliaso, Switzerland.

Barriers and facilitators to health information exchange in low- and middle-income country…

The exchange and use of health information can help healthcare professionals and policymakers make informed decisions on ways of improving patient and population health.

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