Links I Liked: A Free Communications Training, Snapchat’s Future and a Really Bad Idea

WHO - Risk communication essentialsI hope you were able to enjoy a bit of a break at the end of the year. Here is a list of articles and links that I have read while chilling with mulled wine on the sofa.

The WHO has just launched a free online training on risk communication in health emergencies, which also contains elements of communicating with communities. I took a quick look at the first module of the course and while I find the delivery a bit stiff, the course also includes tools and exercises. Besides, it’s good to see that more and more organisations realise that successful communication in emergencies depends on dialogue, rather than just blasting out information.

Interesting article that argues that Facebook/Instagram have stolen all the good ideas from Snapchat but have more resources to implement them better. Can Snapchat survive? The author doesn’t think so.

Implementing a new technology often results in unforeseen consequences, but that doesn’t mean you can completely skip the risk-analysis! Wayan Vota from ICTWorks asks: “How could linking a highly persecuted people’s biometric information, such as fingerprints, iris scans, and photographs, to a public, universal, and immutable distributed ledger be a good thing?” How, indeed?

Have you found interesting links or resources? Please share them below!