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Facebook’s Displacement Maps track daily movements of populations displaced by natural disasters by KYLE WIGGERS January 14,2020   |  Source: Venture Beat

Quantifying the proportion of displaced people and their locations in the wake of natural disasters is often a Sisyphean task. In an effort to furnish humanitarian organizations and government agencies alike with better information, Facebook today launched a new version of its Displacement Maps that calculates displacement levels on a daily cadence.

The improved Displacement Maps — which come roughly a year after the initial version was released as a part of Facebook’s Disaster Maps product suite — was co-developed by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. It taps aggregated and de-identified data from users of Facebook’s cross-platform apps who have opted into location history. And unlike the previous version, it doesn’t struggle to distinguish among displaced people and those traveling after a disaster for work or leisure.

“Partners such as SEEDS India and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have used previous versions of our displacement maps for disaster response and public health research, and we hope that our full list of over 100 NGO and research partners will be able to leverage these new maps to fulfill their missions,” wrote Facebook researchers Eugenia Giraudy, Paige Maas, Shankar Iyer, Alex Dow, and

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