“ The social web is challenging emergency managers, government agencies and aid organizations to adapt time-honored expertise with real-time information from the public. In short, the convergence of social networks and mobile has thrown the old response playbook out the window. ”
Really interesting testimony to the committee. Be sure to check out Michael Beckerman’s testimony, which sets the stage for how Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other internet giants assist with disasters and response.
“My name is Michael Beckerman, and I am the President and CEO of the Internet Association, a trade organization comprised of 17 leading Internet companies across the globe, including AOL, Airbnb, Amazon.com, ebay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster, Path, Rackspace, Salesforce.com, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo, and Zynga.
Our members have been on the forefront of efforts to leverage new technology and communication platforms to inform the public before, during and after a disaster, and to facilitate recovery and reconstruction efforts in the aftermath. …
Communicating during a disaster is now an interactive conversation. Millions of minds converge to solve problems, seek out answers and disseminate vital information. Important news can be shared with millions, and by millions, quickly and efficiently.
The social web is challenging emergency managers, government agencies and aid organizations to adapt time-honored expertise with real-time information from the public (Please see Exhibit A). In short, the convergence of social networks and mobile has thrown the old response playbook out the window.”
Mr. Michael Beckerman
President and CEO, The Internet Association
Mr. Jorge L. Cardenas
Vice President, Asset Management and Centralized Services, Public Service Electric and Gas Company
Mr. Jason Matthew Payne
Philanthropy Lead, Palantir Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Matthew Stepka
Vice President for Technology for Social Impact, Google.org
- Witness List [PDF]Added 05/31/2013 at 03:06 PM
The action allows the state to become eligible for Federal Assistance.
The Associated Press Posted on Fri, Apr. 27, 2012 10:52 AM
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — An overwhelming number of jellyfish-like creatures clogging seawater intake screens forced operators on Thursday to shut down the Unit 2 reactor at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, Pacific Gas & Electric officials said.
I just lost 500 million brain cells.