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Humanitarian Technologies

Mirca Madianou & Jonathan Ong

Invited talk at the Social Media and Human Rights Seminar Series, University of Cambridge, February 11 2016.


Digital Media in Disaster Recovery: Improving Accountability and Mending Community Relationships in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Jonathan C. Ong

Invited Seminar Presentation at National University of Singapore, 19 August 2015

Humanitarian Technologies End-of-Award Workshop

Goldsmiths, University of London, 24 June 2015
Our final workshop provided the opportunity to reflect on the lessons from the Haiyan recovery which may be applicable to other disaster contexts. Some of the questions addressed include: how are old and new platforms used by affected communities to make their voices heard and increase their visibility? Do new communication technologies increase the transparency of relief efforts and do they improve the accountability of humanitarian agencies? Do new communication technologies empower local communities or do they create new dependencies and inequalities?

Our workshop was attended by representatives from humanitarian agencies and academics who discussed the opportunities as well as risks that new communication technologies pose in disaster recovery. The team members were joined by John Borton (Overseas Development Institute), Dr. Monica Krause (Sociology, Goldsmiths) and Barb Wigley (World Food Programme) who offered responses to the project’s findings.


Download a copy of the executive summary.

Urgent response, slow research: reflections on ethnography of disaster recovery.

Mirca Madianou

Invited talk at the launch of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) Europe, Barcelona 17 June 2015

Finding a voice through humanitarian technologies?

Mirca Madianou, Liezel Longboan and Jonathan Ong

Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 22 May 2015

Digital Inequality and Second Order Disasters

Mirca Madianou

Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 22 May 2015

The voice of care and the voice of justice.

Nicole Curato

Paper presented at the conference: Democracy: a citizens’ perspective. Turku, Finland 27 May 2015.

Humanitarian Technologies? Second order disasters and social media in the Typhoon Haiyan recovery.

Mirca Madianou

Invited talk at the University of Leeds, 13 May 2015

#PeopleSurge: protest, politics and (lack of) solidarity in post-disaster Philippines.

Mirca Madianou

Invited speaker at the Social Movements and Media Technologies ESRC seminar series, 15 May 2015

Humanitarian Technologies: Ordinary Uses in Extraordinary Times

Jonathan C. Ong & Mirca Madianou.

Paper presented at the Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture Conference. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 7 February 2015.


Humanitarian Technologies Stakeholders Workshop

Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, 5 November 2014
The team held a workshop in Manila during the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda. The event provided the opportunity to share our preliminary findings from our ongoing 18-month research and engage with dialogue with local stakeholders involved in the Haiyan recovery. Our workshop was attended by humanitarian and government workers, local NGOs, academics, media and telecommunications companies and affected populations from Yolanda. The project team were joined by representatives from UNOCHA and World Vision who offered responses to our findings.

Communications in Disaster Recovery: Why Facebook Matters for Yolanda Survivors But Not (Only) for the Reasons You Think.

Jonathan C. Ong

Plenary Presentation at Philippine Sociological Society Conference. Mindanao State University, General Santos City, Philippines, 16 October.

Humanitarian Technologies in Typhoon Haiyan: Perspectives of Aid Workers, Donors and Affected Populations.

Jonathan C. Ong

Post-Humanitarian Communication Conference, University of Helsinki, 26 September.

Humanitarian Technologies Project: Communications in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda

Liezel Longboan

Invited speaker at the Disaster Preparedness and the Right to Information Workshop, Organized by the Philippine Information Agency, International Organization for Migration and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Tacloban City, Philippines, 6 August

Finding the ordinary within extraordinary circumstances: why ethnography matters in urgent response research

Mirca Madianou

Media Worlds and the Ethnographic Imagination Workshop, Goldsmiths, University of London, June 16.