The Role of Big Data in Improving Security and Resilience to Catastrophic Events,

You are cordially invited to participate in a day-long workshop on the Role of Big Data in Improving Security and Resilience to Catastrophic Events, hosted by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Catastrophic Risks, Future of the Internet and Data Driven Development, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The event involves a series of workshops examining the role of big data and analytics in catastrophic events. It will bring together leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors to examine and propose solutions to the legal, policy and technological barriers, which currently hinder data from being used to tackle situations such as Superstorm Sandy in the US and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In particular, participants will consider the potential role of public-private partnerships in leveraging big data to address the identified challenges and ensuring that needed information is available to allow for an effective preparation and a robust and timely response to public emergencies, thereby enabling community resilience.

In the rapidly changing information and communication technology (ICT) environment, data is being created, collected and analyzed by an increasing number of entities, including governments, private enterprises, critical infrastructure owners and operators, humanitarian responders and citizens. This data has the potential to be of tremendous value in driving effective preparedness and mitigation actions, reducing the impact of catastrophic risks (e.g., natural and man-made, etc.), increasing the efficiency of humanitarian response, and enabling recovery of business and livelihoods. However, we have yet to develop a full appreciation of the opportunities to strengthen preparedness and resilience that can be created through strategic partnerships, active collaboration and the sharing of such information.

For more information about the program please see agenda here