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Sunday, March 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crowdsourcing Diplomacy

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This panel will illustrate how the State Dept is leveraging its social media network to address humanitarian crises. With 30 million fans and followers and over 1,000 social media practitioners worldwide, the Department is engaging its networks for social good. Through the combined resources of the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) and the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) the Department can now crowdsource projects that can have major impact in the daily lives of millions of people. The Humanitarian Information Unit’s initiative entitled “Imagery to the Crowd” takes satellite imagery purchased by the U.S. government and connects that imagery to the volunteer mapping community working on humanitarian emergencies, disaster response, and sustainable development. The partnership uses the department's large social media network to recruit new volunteer mappers, and to map new areas which are at risk of a humanitarian emergency.

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Hilary Brandt

Dir, Office of Innovative EngagementUS Department of StateHilary Brandt is the Director of the Office of Innovative Engagement (OIE) in the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) at the U.S. Department of State. The Office of Innovative Engagement provides expertise in... Read More →
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Joshua Campbell

GIS Architect, Humanitarian Information UnitUS Department of StateMr. Campbell is a Geographer and GIS Architect at the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU), a division of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, U.S. Department of State. He is the architect of the HIU’s geospatial... Read More →

Sunday March 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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