by Timo Luege, TC103: Technology for Disaster Response facilitator

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all public social media messages in a disaster would come with a flag that identifies them as relevant? The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is trying to pave the way for that with the brand new Hashtags Standards for Emergencies.



Spreading violence in South Sudan threatens thousands of civilian lives, political stability in the region, and even outbreaks of transmissible disease. How should the international community begin to address this hot conflict, and prepare for what is likely to be a global humanitarian response effort. Who are the key actors? What are their motivations? What are our windows of opportunity to see a reduction in violence?