Open Source Spying and NGOs
In reading the article I see a number of parallels with many large NGOs similarly being stuck in the IT stone-age, and not taking advantage of collaborative information tools commonly found on the Net. This is unfortunate because good information is a cornerstone of effective safety and security practice. Picture a wiki where anyone could post up-to-date security information organized by country and city, or an informal global network of security practitioners who could brainstorm evacuation plans through instant messaging, or just-in-time training that could be delivered over the Net to specific offices during an Avian Flu outbreak. This and more is all currently possible with present-day technology that's relatively inexpensive and easy to implement.
I think much of the resistance to using these types of tools comes from a lack of understanding of their potential as well as a fear of relinquishing control - from both IT departments and management. It's difficult to sell established bureaucracies on decentralized approaches. Especially those that encourage information to flow freely between staff, field offices and other NGOs without first passing through and receiving approval from headquarters.
We will eventually see wide scale use of wikis, blogs and forums by humanitarian organizations. But ultimately I believe it's going to be the progressive and smaller NGOs that drive adoption, coupled with a next generation of humanitarian workers who use these tools on a daily basis in their personal lives and expect them to be available in their professional lives.