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Was Common Alerting Protocol only for the Web?

I had the opportunity attend the discussion by Tim Berners-Lee and Gordon Brown in Geneva, speak on the “future of the web“, a public lecture hosted by the Université de Genève, April 06, 2011. The two discussants didn’t have anything new to share; they were talking the same language of tapping in to the untapped through mobile phones; nothing new to LIRNEasia (see our Teleuse at the Bottom of the Pyramid studies). The WWW Foundation has realized the reach of the mobile phone to deliver the web to those 80% that have not yet been exposed.

What we were more eager to hear was the defense on the claim that the “web is dead, long live the internet“. In defense – “No the web isn’t dead” with the success story pointing to the Wikipedia. Was the WWW supposed to simply HTTP posts, gets, and requests? Or were people supposed to conduct business over the web?

The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) was developed by Art Botterell et (2006) with the WWW and the underlying Internet, as the basis for exchanging emergency messages but with an all-hazards all-media approach. The LIRNEasia research, mostly on alternative, none PC and Internet, technologies has been studying the CAP implementation challenges in the last-mile and challenges with introducing the protocols to frontline personnel in developing countries. The knowledge attained has been transferred into developing the Sahana Alerting Broker with the aim to develop a comprehensive publisher-subscriber tool for emergency managers.

Paper on RTBP CAP-Profile

WIS CAP Workshop Report

This report summaries the learnings from the CAP Implementers Workshop hosted by the World Meteorological Organization Information Systems, International Telecommunications Union – Standardization (Recommendation X.1303), and the Organization for the Advancement of Systems and Information Standardization Technical Committee. The fourth CAP meeting (06-07 April 2011) was held at the WMO office in Geneva, Switzerland.

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