Patrick Meier: Nepal Humanitarian UAV Lessons Learned — A Long Way to Go — Internet Pipe is Achilles Heel.

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

Humanitarian UAV Missions in Nepal: Early Observations

Phi Beta Iota: Worth a full read.  We are reminded of DARPA’s STRONG ANGEL and note with interest that the Internet being down in Nepal makes a lot of the UAV collection irrelevant — sort of like NSA’s global collection that is not processed and 99% of “big data” not being processed (per Mary Meeker). The lack of bandwidth, lack of processing, and lack of open source sense-making tools continue “The Big Disconnect.”

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May 3

Mini-Me: Military Veterans Ask Drone Pilots to Stop

Who?  Mini-Me?

Who? Mini-Me?

Huh?

Military Veterans Target US Drone Strikes in TV Ads

A group of military veterans is taking aim at U.S. drone strikes overseas with graphic TV ads directly asking Air Force pilots to stop flying the unmanned aircraft, calling the operations immoral and illegal.

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Apr 12

Advance Order (15 Jan 15): Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response

Amazon Page

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This book shows us once again why Patrick Meier is a thought leader in leveraging emerging technologies for social impact. His book captures the enormous possibilities and avoidable pitfalls of big data, social media and artificial intelligence in crisis contexts. Digital humanitarians can be powerful agents for social change but ground-truthing what we see and hear digitally is more important than ever.
—Aleem Walji, Chief Innovation Advisor, Leadership, Learning, and Innovation, World Bank Group

Phi Beta Iota: The book title and description from the publisher are misleading.  This is not a book about Big Data. It is a book about distributed human networks using open source information technologies to achieve situational awareness with a speed and precision that the entire US secret intelligence community (which costs $100 billion a year) cannot match.

See Also:

Patrick Meier @ Phi Beta Iota

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Dec 18

Berto Jongman: Jailed 9/11 Hijacker Fingers 2 Saudi Royals — Turki al-Faisal and Bandar Spouse — Cheney’s Role Not Yet Under Investigation

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Jailed 9/11 hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui accuses two of Saudi’s most senior royals – including a former ambassador to US – of ‘paying for Osama bin Laden’s terror plot’ in extraordinary claim from prison

Phi Beta Iota: Bin Laden is not believed by honest experts to have had anything to do with 9/11, which was a very well-funded state terrorism plot that probably had the full complicity of Dick Cheney. The 9/11 Commission, like the Warren Commission, was an official cover-up.

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Nov 20