26. The new role of mobile devices in setting up Humanitarian Projects



Go to the TED community on the internet and look for the contribution of Paul Coneally from 2011



Setting up plans in emergency situations becomes more and more supported by new ways of getting information out of the field.  It directly coming out of the field, very recent and it is also coming directly from the beneficiaries. This will have influence on how to set up new emerging plans.


At the end the speaker comes up with the following part:  ”The possibilities that new digital technologies are bringing can help humanitarian organizations, not only ensure that people's right to information is met, or that they have their right to communicate, but I think in the future, humanitarian organizations will also have to anticipate the right for people to accesscritical communication technologies in order to ensure that their voices are heard,….”

Which possibilities are described and can you think of more possibilities ?

Do you think that these new digital technologies will contribute to increasing the influence of people in emergency situations on supporting programs for them?

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Question 11 pts

Which nature disaster was the incentive for changing the humanitarian, analogue model?

Question 21 pts

Paul Coneally talks about a change in the humanitarian model. In addition, he mentioned that before this change, the model barely changed. Since when did the model barely change?

Question 31 pts

Paul Coneally mentioned that traditional aid agencies were surprised by the fact that despite the fact they were in one of the poorest countries on the planet, many people had a mobile device in their hand. How many percent of the people had a mobile device?

Question 41 pts

In Haiti, texts and tweets were put into open-source maps, layered with all sorts of important information and made available on the web for everybody. Who participated in this?

Question 51 pts

Which is not one of the three requirements Paul Coneally had regarding the mobile/SMS technology?

Question 61 pts

What does TERA stand for?

Question 71 pts

In which ways can the TERA – the Trilogy Emergency Response Application – be used?

Question 81 pts

Of the persons who were intended to receive the data from TERA, how many percent received the data?

Question 91 pts

Paul Coneally highlights the importance of technology. He mentioned that technology is transformational and that it helps the developing world, citizens, and communities. Which advantage of technology did he mentioned?

Question 101 pts

In what way did Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums, use the mobile technology?

Question 111 pts

Paul Coneally also gave an example about Mongolia; in what way did Mongolia use the mobile technology?

Question 121 pts

Read the following statements: 1. The SMS tool is cheaper than the traditional way of doing things 2. The SMS tool is faster than the traditional way of doing things 3. The SMS tool is more expensive than the traditional way of doing things 4. The SMS tool is slower than the traditional way of doing things Which statements represent/match the characteristics of the open-source SMS tool, used by the Red Cross community in Nigeria?

Question 131 pts

Besides the fact that the technology empowers the communities, it is also important that the information gathered and developed stays in the community where it is needed. Why is this important?

Question 141 pts

How many percent of the Developing World wants the U.N. broadband commission, broadband access in the future?