Would be great to see how this type of search data compares to data from Tweets. Take this analysis of tweets following the earthquake in Chile, for example.
RT @UNFPA: Professional systems are being replaced by consumer tools says @Google Crisis Response #commisaid
And as a result, crisis-affected communities are increasingly becoming digital as I note in this blog post.<
Closed systems closed data will be left behind and unused:crisis response is social and collaboration is empowering @CDACNetwork #commisaid
RT @catherinedem: Crisis response is #social – online social collaboration spikes during and after disaster @spangledrongo #commisaid
we don’t empower communities by giving them info,they empower themselves by giving us info that we can act on-@komunikasikan #commisaid
RT @ushahidi: “In a crisis, the mobile internet stays most resilient, even more than SMS.” #commisaid Nigel Snoad
RT @jqg: Empower local communities to generate their own tools and figure out their own solutions #commisaid
Through #Mission4636 SMS system, radio presenter @carelpedre was able to communicate directly with affected people in Haiti #commisaid
Tools shouldn’t own data. RT @whiteafrican: “It’s not about the platform being open, it’s about the data being open”- @jcrowley #commisaid
Cutting edge is to get the #crowd & the #algorithm to filter each other in filtering massive overload of information in a crisis #commisaid
So best of luck to those who wish to regulate this space! As my colleague Tim McNamara has noted “Crisis mapping is not simply a technological shift, it is also a process of rapid decentralisation of power. With extremely low barriers to entry, many new entrants are appearing in the fields of emergency and disaster response. They are ignoring the traditional hierarchies, because the new entrants perceive that there is something that they can do which benefits others.”
Phi Beta Iota: The reluctance of honest senior individuals in the US Government to actually learn is quite troubling. When combined with the abject corruption of many other senior individuals, there is no question but that the greatest threat to the United States of America is internal — what Lawrence Lessig calls “systemic corruption” and Robert Steele calls “lack of integrity.