Social networking has for the most part been greeted as a transformational breakthrough in the world of humanitarian action. Faced with a growing number of humanitarian threats and their ever more complex dimensions and dynamics, those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities increas. ingly rely on the Internet and its multiple by-products to deal not only with humanitarian crisis response but also with prevention and preparedness. Ushahidi, Twitter, Facebook, open source software and radio-in-a-box tech. nology are just some of the myriad innovations that are transforming what since the early days of the Cold War has been called open source intelligence. In the humanitarian sector, these new forms of open source communications provide hitherto unimagined opportunities to anticipate actual and poten. tial crises, to determine needs and the impact of assistance, and to identify and support creative measures for a range of humanitarian activities.
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