Semah de Valencia: Our Quest for Sephardic Roots. #SepharadChronicles | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche Valencia

We started to reconnect our family stories with #Sefarad in 2014. We crossed this small arch to enter our first jewish quarters in #Spain ‘La Juderia de Sagunto’ was the beginning our our quest for #sephardicroots and our family #semahdevalencia. We are compiling photos, stories, archives, and more to track our ancestors. These are our #SefaradChronicles. #drlepervanche_spain #drlepervanche_sagunto #drlepervanche_sefarad #drlepervanche2014

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Mobile Devices and Social Media: Instant News and Knowledge | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche | #CitizenReporters

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#CitizensReporters have been using #MobileDevices and #SocialMedia to share instant news, videos, texts, and pictures during times of crisis. We have seen political demonstrations, elections, events, disasters, and many more cases. We have in our hands a powerful computer, communicator, and camera to share and connect with family and friends. We also use these technologies to access #InstantKnowledge about the events, stories, and background information. We are more connected to our mobile devices but also using them to be more connected to people.

#HurricaneMaria and #EarthquakeMexico2017 are recent examples about the use of mobile technologies and smartphone apps to send emergency messages, find relatives, share videos and pictures that later are shown in traditional TV channels.

The issue is to avoid censorship, hacking, fake news, and disruption of the signal. People in Puerto Rico are struggling to communicate and share that they are safe. People in Mexico are using social media to find their missing relatives. In both cases they are using their mobile devices to ask for help. These are small examples of the increasing dependence of technologies and energy. The bottom line is to know what we are learning during emergencies. We continue with our adapted #Scouting mottos: #BePreparedForemergencies, #BePreparedToChange.

What are we learning about the use of social media and mobile devices?

Here is the report and pictures from Alan Taylor | The Atlantic:
Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico

Here is our CNN iReport about the use of mobile technologies during another crisis.
#CitizensReporters 2013
CNN iReport: Venezuelan Elections in New Orleans | #CitizenReporters

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Visit to the NAP of the Americas in Miami


Visit to the NAP of the Americas in Miami. Terremark’s flagship facility, the NAP of the Americas®, is one of the most significant telecommunications projects in the world. The Tier-IV facility was the first purpose-built, carrier-neutral Network Access Point and is the only facility of its kind specifically designed to link Latin America with the rest of the world. (http://www.terremark.com/technology-platform/nap-of-the-americas.aspx)