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Social Computing and Crisis in the New Information Age

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From October 8th to 9th in Brussels, participants of the “Social Computing and Crisis in the New Information Age" seminar will explore the role that social media and IT has had on disaster and crises situations as social media has become more prominent as a tool for communication. New social media and IT has redefine the way crises are understood on the ground as people have new communication tools and platforms, such as posting information about the situation and response efforts. 

Social media has become an international asset to understanding a variety of crises on the ground. Yet, these tools are not completely understood and need to be further explored, especially the implications for international organizations with regards to disaster coordination, accuracy and security. As part of an exploration of the role of social media in disasters and crises management, the major outcome of this event will be to assess the new social media tools to determine the implications for disaster coordination and how it can quickly and efficiently assist the communities and individuals on the scene.

To do this, the two day seminar will discuss accessing new social media tools and crowdsourcing platforms to determine its implications for disaster and crisis management coordination. The discussions will explore ways how these social tools can assist communities and individuals on the scene, particularly how IT advancements can provide better coordination tools and techniques. Some of the themes include coordinating global health responses, the role of industry, how to prepare before a crisis hits, and privacy and secure sharing.

 

Venue

Renaissance Brussels Hotel

Rue du Parnasse 19

1050 Brussels 

Belgium 

 

To learn more about the seminar, please regularly visit this website or contact Elizabeth at elizabeth.boorman@iscintelligence.com.

 

 

Agenda

8 October 2013

Time

Topic

8.00-8.30

Registration

8.30-8.45

 

Introduction, welcome, initial introductions of the US representative team and staff

Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University

8.45-9.05

Keynote: How can social media increase situation awareness?

Chris Stace, European Defence Agency

9.05-9.25

Introduction to The Meeting

Rebecca Goolsby, US Office of Naval Research, NATO HFM 241 Chair

9.25-9.40

Break

9.40-9.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase 0 Operations Panel – Chair: Edwin Vincent (Skip), BGEN (ret. USAF), Soft Power Solutions

 

Phase Zero operations is a term used to describe pre-crisis events and activities, perhaps the most critical aspect of crisis and disaster coordination.  In this session, papers will be presented related to the problems of preparation and early crisis/disaster coordination to mitigate problems and issues before they shift into a full-scale crisis. Human relations, public affairs, and international engagements will be discussed as well as the developing technologies to engage others and co-develop situation awareness and coordination strategies prior to disaster and crisis development.

 

9.55-10.15

Edwin Vincent (Skip), BGEN (ret. USAF), Soft Power Solutions. “US On Military to Military Assistance and Phase 0 in Burma/Myanmar”

10.15-10.35

Eric Rasmussen, Infinitum Humanitarian Systems. "New Biometrics and Technologies for Low-Resource Nations

10.35-10.55

Andrea Ricci, EU’s Situation Room, European External Action Service. “(Social Networks) Datamining”

10.55-11.05

Break

11.05-11.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Operations - Chair: Eric Rasmussen, Infinitum Humanitarian Systems

 

Disaster response and humanitarian assistance are the two kinds of operational settings where information technologies have made a significant difference with many early successes. These two panels will discuss case studies, technologies, and efforts in research and technology related to the use of information technologies to better understand human security issues, develop better coordination strategies, and new approaches that incorporate information technology developments.

 

11.20-11.35

Graham Archer, Synergi, representing OSD. "The UNITY project in information sharing"

11.35-1200

Huan Liu, Shamanth Kumar & Fred Morstatter, Arizona State University. “Social Computing: Challenges in Research and Applications”

12.20-12.40

Group Discussion

12.40-13.45

Lunch

13.45-13.55

Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Operations, Part 2 - Chair: Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University

13.55-14.15

Al Smadi Hazem, The Arab Jordan Centre for Studies (ARJOCS). “Social Media Supporting Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Refugees- Jordan case”

14.15-14.35

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University. “IT applications to modeling and analysis in two contexts of HA/DR: forecasting disasters and humanitarian crises; and scenario analyses of refugee camps (Dadaab as case study)”

14.35-14.55

Guido Cervone, The Pennsylvania State University. “Filling the Gaps in Remote Sensing Data using Social Media”

14.55-15.05

Break

15.05-15.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cybersecurity Panel – Chair: Marc van den Homberg, TNO

 

Social media has become a critical part of understanding cyber-security on many levels: the selection of targets, the development of training for cyber-attack, and the introduction of novel approaches to attacks using social media are among the rapidly evolving problems. This session discusses those problems and challenges.

 

15.15-15.35

Marc van den Homberg, TNO. "TNO's Information Sharing Practices"

15.35-15.55

Jürgen Pfeffer, Carnegie Mellon University. "The bad and the ugly: Online firestorms and hat propagation in social media networks"

15.55-16.15

Rudi Studer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. “On-the-fly Integration of Static and Dynamic Linked Data”

16.15-16.35

Corey Lofdahl, Charles River Analytics Inc. "Developing Agent-Based Simulations to Model Dark Network Interventions"

16.35-16.55

Jack Zaientz, Soar Technology. “Discussions in Deep, Dark, and Open: Monitoring the Social Discourse of Cyberattack”

16.55-17.15

Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University. “Smart De-Identification”

9 October 2013

Time

Topic

8.30-8.40

Socio-Technical Behavior Panel - Chair: Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University

8.40-9.00

Jennifer Mathieu, MITRE. “Social Radar: 2013 Kenyan Elections”

9.00-9.20

Robert Evans, IMSL. “Social Media and risk management on an Olympic scale”

9.20-9.40

Rajarajan Muttukrishnan, City University London. "Community Detection from Social Media"

9.40-10.00

Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University. “State Stability”

10.00-10.10

Mark Ashwell, MLA Consultancy 42 Ltd. “Recent Lessons”

10.10-10.20

Break

10.20-10.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Health and Disaster Panel – Chair: Eric Rasmussen, Infinitum Humanitarian Systems

 

Global health and disaster medicine and disaster medicine are perhaps the most critical aspects of disaster and crisis assistance.  This panel will discuss the developing challenges in monitoring emerging health threats, especially in disaster situations.

 

10.40-11.00

Glendon Diehl, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. “Measures Of effectiveness in Defense Engagement and Learning (MODEL) study”

11.00-11.20

Eric Rasmussen, Infinitum Humanitarian Systems. “The Working Group on Worldwide Human Geography Data: Sharing freely for human security”

11.20-11.40

Peter Colvin, Pacific Disaster Center. “Human Security & Information Network Engagement”

11.40-12.00

Rick Grannis, University of California, “21st Century Rapid Epidemiological Assessment”

12.00-12.20

Corey Lofdahl, Charles River Analytics Inc. "Developing Agent-Based Simulations to Model Dark Network Interventions"

12.20-13.30

Lunch

13.30-14.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industry Panel

 

This session will provide perspectives on the role that social media and IT has had on disaster and crises situations as social media has become more prominent as a tool for communication. New social media and IT has redefine the way crises are understood on the ground as people have new communication tools and platforms, such as posting information about the situation and response efforts. Social media has become an international asset to understanding a variety of crises on the ground. Yet, these tools are not completely understood and need to be further explored, especially the implications for international organizations with regards to disaster coordination, accuracy and security. This panel will provide an IT industry’s perspective to this changing landscape.

 

Speakers:

Will Mayo, Gnip

Erika Mann, Facebook, “Social Media and Crisis Management”

Chris DiBonna, Google

14.10-14.40

Group Discussion

14.45

The Way Forward: Operationalizing Technological and Social Innovations

14.45-15.00

Edwin Vincent (Skip), BGEN (ret. USAF), Soft Power Solutions. “Regional Initiatives”

15.00-15.20

Eric Rasmussen, Infinitum Humanitarian Systems. “Health Initiatives in Southeast Asia”

15.20-15.40

Peter Colvin, Pacific Disaster Center. “Burma Information Reservoir”

15.40-16.00

Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University. “Rapid Ethnographic Analysis for Myanmar”

16.00-16.20

Rebecca Goolsby, US Office of Naval Research, NATO HFM 241 Chair. “Coalition Warfighting Programs and International Coordination for Crisis and Disaster”

16.20-16.40

Discussion

16.45

Adjournment

16.45-17.15

Meeting of NATO principals (closed)