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Heather Leson
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Do you like to hunt for accurate info? Are you a verification nerd? Join us for our Veri.ly live Conversation to talk about your work and meet others keen on this topic.
 
How can we know if an image or a comment is true and verified? From magnifying glasses to zoom features, we aim to discern, detect and distill. Veri.ly connects you via global crowdsourcing challenges for evidence collection and verification. A flood of information occurs during a humanitarian response. Decision makers and citizens want to know what is true and verified. You’re receiving this note because you signed up to keep in touch. We would like to invite you to learn more and help improve Veri.ly.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 15:00 - 10:00 - 10:30 EST, 15:00 - 15:30 GMT/18:00- 18:30 AST
Your local time: http://bit.ly/verilytimes
Duration: 30 minutes




About our guests:
Craig Silverman - http://www.craigsilverman.ca/about/
Patrick Meier - http://irevolution.net/bio/
Victor Naroditskiy - http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/vn/
The Veri.ly and QCRi Team.


About Veri.ly - Verily is a collaboration of Masdar Instritute, QCRI, and University of Southampton. We are in beta. Join us!
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Heather Leson. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Announcing the release of SMSSync v2.6
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Still time to add your voice #stopspying
 
In just a few hours, over 10,000 Canadians have spoken out against mass spying on law-abiding citizens. See which MPs have already taken a stand - and help push your MP to support our right to privacy at http://ow.ly/twT4i 

Make your voice heard at: http://thedaywefightback.ca
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I'm hosting a "What are you doing Open Data Day?" Hangout. Join us? Share your stories.
 
Open Data Day is global with 108 events planned.

What are you doing Open Data Day? Your event can be as large or small as you decide. Just make it local and join us globally.

In this session, we invite Open Data leaders to share their stories.

Special Guests: all of you plus Simeon Oriko of Open Institute in Kenya, Diane Mercier OKF Canada Ambassador (Montreal), Johanna Picciano of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Hal Seki of Code for Japan.

All welcome. 

Some Resources:
http://opendataday.org/
http://wiki.opendataday.org/2014/City_Events

The session will be approximately 30 minutes, however, if the community wishes to talk for an hour, this is welcome.

Host - Heather Leson (Please be sure that she has your email address to add you)
What are you doing on Open Data Day?
Wed, February 12, 2014, 12:00 PM
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Thanks to Aspiration Tech for teaching great facilitation skills: http://textontechs.com/2014/01/sticky-ideas/

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How can we know if an image or a comment is true and verified? From magnifying glasses to zoom features, we aim to discern, detect and distill. Veri.ly connects you via global crowdsourcing challenges for evidence collection and verification. A flood of information occurs during a humanitarian response. Decision makers and citizens want to know what is true and verified. You’re receiving this note because you signed up to keep in touch. We would like to invite you to learn more and help improve Veri.ly.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 15:00 - 10:00 - 10:30 EST, 15:00 - 15:30 GMT/18:00- 18:30 AST
Your local time: http://bit.ly/verilytimes
Duration: 30 minutes




About our guests:
Craig Silverman - http://www.craigsilverman.ca/about/
Patrick Meier - http://irevolution.net/bio/
Victor Naroditskiy - http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/vn/
The Veri.ly and QCRi Team.


About Veri.ly - Verily is a collaboration of Masdar Instritute, QCRI, and University of Southampton. We are in beta. Join us!
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Heather Leson. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
Q&A
Preview
Live
Meet Veri.ly - Crowdsourced evidence collection and verification for crisis response
Tue, March 3, 2015, 10:00 AM
Hangouts On Air - Broadcast for free

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HI folks, I blogged about our online event - http://textontechs.com/2015/03/you-verify-all-the-time/  Stay tuned for more upcoming details.
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+Justine Mackinnon -Jus for you and CrisismappersUK
 
The Crisis Response is currently monitoring the flooding situation in the UK, which is currently affecting tens of thousands across the country. Stay tuned for updates and resources related to this event which we'll try to share here.
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Join us
Thousands of websites are planning a massive online protest against surveillance on February 11th.
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you have no idea how relevant this is to me right now. I think i'll print it and put it in my cubicle.
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This remains one of the most important talks I heard last year. Robin Chase of ZipCar on why we need a Peer Economy to focus on real world problems. (via Personal Democracy Forum)
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Work
Occupation
Idea Hacker/Community Builder
Skills
Open source Community and project management, technical incident management, software life-cycle development, customer care, and Internet communications.
Employment
  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
    Board Member, 2013 - present
  • Open Knowledge Foundation
    Director of Community Engagement, 2013 - present
    Heather is the Community Engagement Director at Open Knowledge Foundation, a role in which she exercises her passion for community-building, storytelling, and idea hacking. She is leading a project to foster Open Data community specifically focused on the developing world.
  • Ushahidi
    Director of Community Engagement, 2011 - 2013
    Heather created and managed programs for Ushahidi’s diverse community, and mentored members of its open-source developer ecosystem.
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Currently
Toronto ON
Previously
Hudson Bay SK - Vanderhoof BC - Montreal QC - Moncton NB
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Idea hacker, Community builder
Introduction

Bridging people and technology is my calling.  

We own and are responsible for our decisions, hope, relationships, personality and integrity. Once this is clear and you love, the world becomes a better place. I think John Ralston Saul is right: if everyone volunteered a few hours a week just think how their lives and the lives around them would change. Lend a hand and build dreams with smiles.

 



 


Education
  • University of Oxford
    Media Policy Summer Institute, 2012 - 2012
  • Carleton University
    Political Science, History, 1989 - 1994
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Female