Patrick Meier: Using Waze, Uber, AirBnB and SeeClickFix for Disaster Response

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Patrick Meier

Using Waze, Uber, AirBnB and SeeClickFix for Disaster Response

After the Category 5 Tornado in Oklahoma, map editors at Waze used the service to route drivers around the damage. While Uber increased their car service fares during Hurricane Sandy, they could have modified their App to encourage the shared use of Uber cars to fill unused seats. This would have taken some work,  but AirBnB did modify their platform overnight to let over 1,400 kindhearted New Yorkers offer free housing to victims of the hurricane. SeeClick fix was used also to report over 800 issues in just 24 hours after Sandy made landfall. These included reports on the precise location of power outages, flooding, downed trees, downed electric lines, and other storm damage. Following the Boston Marathon Bombing, SeeClick fix was used to quickly find emergency housing for those affected by the tragedy.

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Phi Beta Iota:  Below is a Memorandum prepared by Robert Steele for the National Defense University.  We need to migrate from the innovation being applied to disaster response, toward 24/7 transparent truthful monitoring using a 360 degree complex analytic model.  All of the humanitarian technologies MUST be open source.  This is what we have been recommending since 1988-1994, but $1.2 trillion dollars later, the US secret world still refuses to be serious about neighborhood level holistic all-source intelligence with integrity.

MEMORANDUM on Mali Project from Robert Steele 1.1

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