How connectivity matters -- smartphones and wifi all over.
This means governments etc are losing control. Hungarian goverment trying to say "we won't let you in illegally" when the migrating population knows better.
Bringing together all these different groups which are overwhelmed in order to coordinate.
"EASY" distribution system. People who have travelled so far in order to escape war might not want to be redistributed via a bureaucracy. People want jobs, not food and sleep. People don't want to just be beneficiaries.
Samuel KNeeded: Provide work, housing, neighborhood matchmaking
Willow BInformation for whom? Info should be for decision makers. And more and more, to me, that's people on the ground. Decision maker's needs slide from OCHA. Who is most important in this game? Even though we have open data and sharing, it's still owned.
Actors are agencies, overlap with decision makers.
Followup from Tina: include details on 'info for whom' for followup re building this network
TG has been working on different parts of the net; starting w crisis mgmt teams and infrastructure. Teams of experts&vols&orgs & tools drawn together to solve problems [e.g. logistics in a crunch]. These often lack a clear objective fxn; how can they know when they're working, how to expand into citizen science, letting people on the ground come up with solns and ideas?
Q: do you run into conflict w power brokers? cit networks are easy to set up, but how do you get existing nets to work with them?
A: Yes. you see govs like Hungary who don't want this involvement. Then other groups are active in these crises, w/o gov't buy in. The vol civil society activists aren't neutral, so this becomes a point of advocacy.
The responder is your neighbor. Has questions. Who is leading? Who is doing? Who is asking for information, who is using the data, who is actually responding, who is benefiting?
"The Disaster Profiteers" as a book about resources going from poor to rich in disasters.
You can think you're doing things "for" or "to" people, when you should be doing it "with" you. We've dumped some stuff on people, so we've helped. The golden is the community response.
Top-Down has the UN with things like 3W (Who's doing What Where). Using a standard called Humanitarian Exchange Language to share data.
Pro/Per: Top-led TVC: Standby Taskforce. International, working across the world. SBTF responds only if it's asked to be responded to by a group. Leading is the top-level group
Per/Para: organized community like OpenStreetMap. Usually the people affected will help in the next disaster.
Para: Local Community, like Kathmandu Living Labs, couple of americans involved, but a local team. Have the tools and ability to get a response up and going very quickly. Made quake map, not just about their own local area, but fed back into the responder community. The army came in once an hour for an updated map.
Pro/Per resilience communities and tools. Anyone can start a response. Not just dealing with big agencies etc, also dealing with individuals.
Samuel KInteracting systems: responding NGOs, government, neighborhood/community responders. So discussions are trending to resilience - ability to cope w changes - rather than response. Resilience we can work on all the time, when there's no disaster present. (as with response, resilience programs exist in both top-down and bottom-up)
Q&A: How can we decide where efforts will be effective? Contrast unexpected disasters where the goal is to restore balance there before, to places starting w/ nothing (hunger --> famine) where the goal is to move to something very different.
Next steps & individual interest:
is there a relationship b/t how others want to work on this and how I can contribute?
digital communication can make a difference. what's its transformative power to help communities reform? more to this than data harvesting; how to engage differently? interested in new approaches.
fascinated by the idea of having refugees design camps, rather than being a destination. interested in getting involved in that
haiti: what happens to pledges, how to organize followup & tracking? visualization as a model.
refugees: how do we make this about helping the diaspora reach out and organize global peers, rather than making it a 'problem' for countries to solve only for those within their borders?
ibm: platform for grassroots citizens to input their needs [generally]. ad-hoc advertising of needs and haves, self-organizing.
find out what people are working on; how can my skills be of us? write to me with an ask (like showing up here!) happy to engage
350.org is working on a documentary? solar as an aspect of this.
Christopher Wong on previous work X for PTO - you could at least upload suggestions to a machine-readable db. That would be searchable by everyone (given that currently found p.a. isn't always searchable by new patent agents)
X was improving on the EFS design for 3d party submissions: (title 8)
used to need to have a 'confirmation #' that noone remembers
concise description of relevance: in 250 chars (now up to 1k, plus PDF)
you can't write about whether target is patentable (e.g., this tech shouldn't be patentable; genes shouldn't be) - they will send back for amendment, ignore rest.
Didn't want to launch, bc it would be different.
a. One thing (a cleaner way to submit prior art) doesn't need PTO input to do it.
b. A non-patent lit db wouldn't be used w/o their support. At least it would need to have an API that the next-gen PTO setup could access.
JM - could get a net of entities to apply pressure to the Office
} knowledge db. public disclosure db. structure, timestamps, public searchable
) invalidation using the above.
) submission fluidity using the above. [when you want to submit to the PTO]
) script-writing and extraction ('soft knowledge') - glue b/t less structured repos: sw hubs, mailing lists, red boards.
) campaigns: a/b tests of comms? form letters to send the PTO, ...
Options for Moz: ask engs to monitor filings and file against them. file actively agains bad subs. have topical db.
Pitch to other partners: how to help them contribute?
+ integrate w existing workflows. make this a clean way to disclose.
+ talk about db quality, human curation and classification
Danelle thinking about hackathon for other patent issues// come up with 3-4 issues to resolve. then dev rollout plans. tried this w/ data@M, helped create initiatives.
Framing: 'public disclosure' site. also, protecting rights/agency of original author
Politics: internally building 'Patents End-to-End' suite of tools. to emerge by 2020. Listen closely to CTO's office.
Check boxes people use to evaluate of things have been 'published'.
OpenStreetMap vs traditional cartography. How individuals describe their own locations, how that merges with The State's view of hierarchies. Collection of environmental data for direct action.
Documentation/HistoryWikipedia, Historypin, Geograph.uk, GlobalVoices, etc. What happens when we can create a shared view of history together, rather than fragemented bits at odds with each other? Does this diminish our cultural heritage?
Samuel KDistributed problem solving and analysis (Meta)