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Humanitarianism in the Network Age: Groundbreaking Study

For the first time, OCHA published a policy document on humanitarian technology and innovation. It “is by far the most honest, enlightened and refreshing look at the state of the humanitarian response today; a grounded and well-researched study that provides hope, leadership and a clear vision for the future of humanitarianism in the network age”, writes on his blog Patrick Meier, Director of Innovation at the Qatar Computing Research Institute¬†(QCRI).

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Upgrades to basic mobile phones aim for a smart future

Mar27

Researchers hope to benefit users in developing nations by turning ‘feature’ phones into virtual smartphones, finds Jan Piotrowski. Once the preserve of the rich, within just a few decades mobile phones have become ubiquitous in even the world’s poorest countries.

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African Technology Interventions among Best Humanitarian Tech in 2011

Computers and mobile phones are already essential to humanitarian planning, and 2011 saw the growth of technology-based humanitarian interventions, from the use of GPS (global positioning systems) to provide early weather warnings to real-time health reporting.

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