Category Archives: Humanitarian Affairs

How hope changes the information ecosystem – understanding rumors

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The first time I thought about creating the rumors tracking methodology I was in Liberia. I had a huge problem: I needed to understand the information ecosystem of the country, work with local media and provide information to the local … Continue reading

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Hate Speech on Facebook: the causation effect

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I have to say, I have never been a huge fan of Facebook, but as everyone else, I use it. I came to terms with the fact that if I do not want my data to be owned by them, … Continue reading

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Combating Rumors About Ebola using SMSs

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[This article was first posted on Medium on March 27, 2015. This article is an account of the project I managed as a Country Director in Liberia during the Ebola crisis] When misinformation is a case of life or death, … Continue reading

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The Humanitarian Information Dashboard 7 months later

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[This blog post is an abstract of the “Next Steps Report” produced by Internews and Aptivate in August 2015] Seven months later, I am really excited to talk about what we have done with the Humanitarian Information Dashboard (HID). The … Continue reading

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Launching the Humanitarian Information Dashboard

Blog post originally published on https://www.innovation.internews.org Current methods of collating and monitoring information in emergencies are time-intensive and do not allow us to track trends, gaps, or insights over time. Internews’ experience in working with local media in emergency situations … Continue reading

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Learning from Kenya: using SMSs for a rapid response mechanism in Central African Republic

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One of the biggest problem right now in Central African Republic is the perception in the two different communities, Christian and Muslims, that the two fighting movements, the Seleka and the Anti-Balaka, are the same thing than the communities themselves. … Continue reading

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Bluetooth is the Facebook of Central African Republic

[Cross posted from the Internews Centre for Innovation & Learning website] It has been 2 years since I have been in Bangui. It is exactly how I remembered it: dusty, noisy, chaotic and fascinating.  On the way from the airport … Continue reading

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Why the emergency will not be twitted

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I have meant to write this blog post since very long time. But I never did since I realized that I am not sure I know what exactly I want to say on the matter. So, take this blog post for … Continue reading

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Social Media for Emergencies 101

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2 weeks ago I was invited to lead a seminar for the Communication with Disaster Affected Communities Network (CDAC) in collaboration with Greg Barrow from the World Food Program (WFP). The seminar was aimed at helping humanitarian organizations to understand … Continue reading

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The conundrum of digital humanitarianism: when the crowd does harm

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We saw this coming. It’s like when you start sniffing and coughing and you know the real flu is coming. And you know you cannot do anything about it, because even if you take a very strong aspirin, it is … Continue reading

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