Posted by: Clarinette | May 28, 2011

Crisis Camp 1st Meeting in Paris

Starting yesterday the first CrisisCamps in Paris is meeting at this new ‘Geeky’ place, la Cantine. Never been, I was very curious to see what it looks like. Have seen many good meetings being held at La Cantine, litteraly, ‘the cantine’ in English.
I was invited to take part of the privacy panel this afternoon. I regret I could not do the trip and will try to follow ‘virtually’ online.

The organisation, with the help of Google and the Red Cross has been wisely using social media to ‘manage crisis’. These being social, political like in the Middle east of Ivory Coast, or natural disasters, such as Haiti, Chili, Japan. Helping to find missing people, mapping areas and working closely with the Red Cross.

This humanitarian action has privacy incidents. Finding missing persons can help, as well as helping the individuals, the governments to riposte against protestors.

I posted yesterday on Twitter an absolute read essay connected to this issue in the context of Iran election: ‘Anonymity On the Net and the Iranian Uprising‘.

Before the panel on privacy starts this afternoon, I’d love to have your questions and observations to submit. Please send your comments and enrich the debate on how the Google missing person, the red cross and other humanitarian organisations can help searching and re-establishing communications with the respect of privacy and Human Rights?

I know already Ever Bopp, @thenext50k , who went to Haiti to bring Wifi communication has an experience to share.

Read the agenda of the 2011 European Summit of CrisisCamps in Paris



  1. Apologies for not being able to respond yesterday but I will still ad some comments. In relation to the privacy issue; there were a number of complaints in Haiti were victims of the disaster (or their families) objected to the instant reporting through social media. Victims pictures, names and other details were very quickly and easily dissimenated through Twitter, blogs and the likes. Sometimes people killed in the earthquake or rape victims had their pictures uploaded via services as Twitpic, Qik or the likes without anyone giving explicit permission.

    Considering all that, social media and grassroots use of technology has made an invaluable contribution to disaster aid & recovery. Have a look at organisations like Humanity Road for an example of the impact this can have.
    I also happened to have written a blogpost on one of the used technologies yesterday:

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