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New Report Examines the Role of Communications Technologies in Humanitarian Crises,
Date:12/10/2009

Publication outlines the opportunities and challenges of leveraging communications technologies before, during and after crises

Washington, DC and London, UK (Vocus) December 10, 2009 -- The United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation released a landmark publication today, Human Rights Day, on the use of communications technologies in humanitarian crises. The report, New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts: The Role of Information and Social Networks looks at how governments, humanitarian aid groups and affected communities can benefit from innovative uses of communications technologies at key stages on the timeline of a crisis, from preparedness and alerts to response and rebuilding.

“As the number of emergencies rises around the world, so too does access to new forms of technology that make it easier to for authorities, relief groups and individuals to prepare for and respond to crises,” said Claire Thwaites, head of the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Partnership. “We commissioned this report to advance the discussion of how innovation is reshaping communications during emergencies and how this innovation can be taken to scale.”

The report, written by co-authors Diane Coyle and Patrick Meier, profiles organizations whose work is advancing the frontlines of innovation and offers an overview of international efforts to increase sophistication in the use of communications technologies during emergencies. It conclude
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