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Government solutions giving way to social media revolutions in disaster relief to be highlighted at the IEEE international humanitarian conference in Silicon Valley

Dallas (July 2, 2013) – A treat for those attending the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) October 21- 23 in Silicon Valley will be a keynote address by Google’s Nigel Snoad.

A brilliant young Australian, Snoad is Product Manager, Crisis Response and Civic Innovation at Google; also a core team member at Random Hacks of Kindness.

Snoad believes that through everyday tools like Twitter, Google searches, open data, Smart Search, etc., current methods of crisis response will change for the better. “Citizens are being empowered with the information so they can look after themselves and protect their families and neighborhoods, and work with each other,” said Snoad, speaking by phone from his office in New York City on the ScienceNews Radio Network program Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience.

On the program Mason asked Snoad if there was rather a real danger from social media in the spreading of dangerous misleading information. “Error correction and rumor correction tends to travel faster than the bad information,” answered Snoad, “there’s a pile of research on this.”

Snoad went on to predict a future dramatically different from today’s reliance only on government solutions. “The more that we can do to enable citizens to work together, to understand what’s happening around them, communicate, listen to the authorities—the better off they’re going to be and the stronger our communities and neighborhoods are going to be,” said Snoad, “that’s an awesome thing.”

This is the third annual cross-discipline conference on the world’s urgent human necessities and will be held October 20 – 23, 2013 in Silicon Valley, San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, California. Organizers report the website is active “around the clock” with thousands of visitors from all continents except Antarctica. More information on technical sessions, registration for the conference, hotel reservations and exhibiting is available at the website www.ieeeghtc.org

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