[FoRK] Hackers + Tsunami Aid
bkdelong at pobox.com
Fri Jan 7 09:04:06 PST 2005
Hi all -
It's been a long time since I've sent one of these.
Another one of my projects that resulted from DefCon/BlackHat:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Hacker Foundation
e-mail: press at survivorlocationassistance.org
THE HACKER FOUNDATION RELEASES SURVIVOR LOCATION ASSISTANCE PROJECT
Organization distributes software as open-source and centralizes tracking
of disaster victims.
http://www.survivorlocationassistance.org -- 6 January 2005 -- The Hacker
Foundation (THF) is pleased to announce the creation of the Survivor
Location Assistance (SLA) project, a globally accessible web-based database
system designed to help survivors, relatives, internally displaced people,
and aid agencies connect with one another and to facilitate & coordinate
the need to track all victims of disasters around the world.
SLA's first application is now live and awaiting new entries - South Asian
Tsunami - Survivor Location Assistance (SAT-SLA). The system is running on
hardware donated by Packetstorm Security and on network connectivity
provided by Asylum Networks Inc.
The SLA project encourages the myriad of web sites and organizations
currently maintaining lists of survivors, Internally Displaced People & the
missing to contribute their dataset to the SAT-SLA database. Hospitals, aid
agencies, & NGOs are also encouraged to share their registration
information to ensure relatives of survivors are notified in a fast &
timely manner that their loved ones are safe & alive.
"The SLA project is why The Hacker Foundation was created," said THF
President and Co-founder Jesse Krembs. "to bring useful technological
resources to people in need. Our staff of volunteers has done an amazing
job putting together a tool in such a short amount of time that can not
only be used in this crisis, but hopefully for any humanitarian need."
On the SLA Web site, users can add a new entry with identifying information
about a person, or search the database to see if their relative has been
located. By the end of 1Q 2005, THF and the SLA project hope to publicly
release the source code for the system and begin fostering a development
community around the open source solution. Those interested in making use
of software more immediately can email the project at
support at survivorlocationassistance.org . The SLA web site is located at
"THF is releasing the SLA backend to anyone who requests it & opening our
survivor data to the public," said Emerson Tan, Director of Packetstorm
Security. "As more of the world gets connected via the Internet, we believe
the SLA project has global potential to be used in tracking IDPs, thwarting
the child slave-trading of orphans from such disasters, and assisting aid
agencies & NGOs responding to humanitarian efforts similar to those in the
Darfur region of Sudan."
The SLA project is also seeking translation assistance for its web site,
database and other resources to ensure global access and usability.
"The world has many different languages," said THF's Krembs. "and disasters
do not discriminate. We hope, with volunteer help, to be able to offer our
information in Thai, Sinhala and other native tongues of those effected by
About The Hacker Foundation
The Hacker Foundation (THF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
establishing and maintaining a research & service organization to promote &
explore the creative use of technological resources. Visit the Hacker
Foundation web site at http://www.hackerfoundation.org.
About Packetstorm Security
Packetstorm Security is the world's largest free repository of
Internet security information. It is staffed entirely by volunteers
throughout the world and mirrored in many locations. Web site at
About Asylum Networks
Asylum Networks provides Internet colocation services to customers with
extremely demanding security requirements. The company operates in five
countries (Switzerland, Luxembourg, Cayman Islands, Denmark, and the United
States) each chosen to address either financial privacy concerns or provide
excellent connectivity. Asylum Networks' portfolio includes international
banks, financial institutions, and security-conscious corporations. Please
visit them at http://www.asylum-networks.net.
bkdelong at pobox.com
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