Innovations in Disaster Relief Work

Speaker/Performer: Brian Fishman, Philanthropic Engineer, Palantir Technologies
Sponsor: CITRIS (Ctr for Info Technology Research in the Interest of Society)

After Hurricane Sandy, Palantir Technologies, along with NGOs Direct Relief and Team Rubicon, committed to innovate new technology tools for humanitarian responders. During the response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, they recognized the need to gather information in real-time from areas without cellular coverage—and Palantir MIMOSA was born.Using only off-the-shelf hardware, Palantir MIMOSA allows for real-time tracking of personnel, two-way communications, and structured data submission from anywhere in the world, regardless of cellular connectivity. Brian Fishman, who leads Palantir’s Disaster Response work, will explain Palantir’s work in this area, along with Palantir’s broader philanthropy program, which in addition to disaster response, focuses on countering human trafficking, supporting veterans organizations, and uncovering illicit networks, such as arms smugglers.

Brian Fishman is a counterterrorism research fellow at the New America Foundation, a Fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, and Philanthropic Engineer with Palantir Technologies. He previously served as the CTC’s Director of Research and was a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Fishman is the author of a number of studies on terrorism and al-Qaeda, including seminal investigations of al-Qaeda’s foreign fighters in Iraq and Iranian support for Shia militias fighting U.S. troops in Iraq. Fault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures, a volume he co-edited with Assaf Moghadam, was named one of the top books for understanding terrorist recruitment in Perspectives on Terrorism.

Categories: Disaster Response

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