Over the past two years, dozens of organizations used Facebook's Data for Good products to improve wellbeing and save lives. Their most profound applications include disaster preparedness projects, vaccination campaigns, and effective deployment of services during times of natural disaster.
Displacement, Gender Disparities, and Shelter Utilization after Hurricane Laura
Data from Facebook and Camber Systems highlights patterns of movement as people moved to shelter from the hurricanes that landed on the Gulf Coast in the early part of September. First, we can see the estimated change in the population of devices from Facebook data. The difference in densities between counties can be seen by comparing the percentage change of the population with an estimated absolute change extrapolated using the American Community Survey (ACS) data from the US Census.
Where People Went Before, During, and After Hurricane Laura, Amid Pandemic
Direct Relief, as in past natural disasters, is working with Facebook’s Data for Good team to analyze the movement of populations prior to and following the storm’s landfall. Comparing mobility patterns to a baseline figure allows Direct Relief and other disaster response agencies to glean useful information, including whether evacuation orders were heeded, which areas received higher concentrations of evacuees, and which communities saw more people sheltering in place.
Using social media to measure demographic responses to natural disaster: Insights from a large-scale Facebook survey following the 2019 Australia Bushfires
In this paper we explore a novel method for collecting survey data following a natural disaster and then combine this data with device-derived mobility information to explore demographic outcomes. Using social media as a survey platform for measuring demographic outcomes, especially those that are challenging or expensive to field for, is increasingly of interest to the demographic community.
Private Sources of Mobility Data Under COVID-19
We explore the behavior and inter-relations of private sources of mobility data in the context of Spain. This country represents a good experimental setting because of its large and fast pandemic peak, and for its implementation of a sustained, generalized lockdown. We find private mobility sources to be both correlated and complementary. Using them, we evaluate the efficiency of implemented policies, and provide a insights into what new normal means in Spain.
Climate Conversation Maps
Introducing our 2019 Sustainability Report
Two years ago, we announced our commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent and support our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2020. We’re excited to share in this report highlights of the significant progress we’ve made. While we already share much of our environmental data publicly, our goal with this report is to make our progress even more accessible and provide clear information on the work we’re doing to reach our sustainability goals. The report offers a closer look at the sustainability progress we made in 2019, as well as our ongoing commitment to address climate change.
The Evolving Nature of Disaster Management in the Internet and Social Media Era
Traditional means for contacting emergency responders depend critically on the availability of the 911 service to request help. Affected citizens are increasingly using social media to obtain and disseminate information. Social media is not only being used to communicate with first responders but also for people to organically volunteer and seek help from each other, complementing the role of first responders. Our analysis indicates that social media can potentially help in disaster management and improve outcomes.