Aggregating information rapidly in response to natural disaster in Haiti

In response to the massive and catastrophic earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, Ushahidi.org quickly built an online information resource platform for Haiti, which lets people on the ground pinpoint on a map specific places where help is immediately needed and to provide updates and stories via text, email, tweeting and an online form.  The site also provides photos, videos and news about shortages, response and threats. 

Ushahidi’s site is a comprehensive and managed platform, a great example of the power of media and information to support immediate need in crisis situations.


Can a cell phone change the world?

A cell phone modification potentially brings on-the-spot disease detection and monitoring to even the most remote corners of the world, and sparks an online discussion of how the emerging ecosystem of mobile tools might be scaled and linked to maximize resources.  See also http://mobileactive.org/.


Free, large-scale text messaging solution: FrontlineSMS

FrontlineSMS is the first text messaging system created exclusively to address the lack of communication tools that many developing country grassroots NGOs face. By leveraging computers and mobile phones, FrontlineSMS enables instantaneous two-way communication on a large scale.

Find more videos like this on FrontlineSMS

Observations from Mobile Tech for Social Change Barcamp and Tim Berners Lee!

Mobile Tech for Social Change barcamp in San Francisco. 
A live video conversation with Tim Berners Lee who talked about the need for making the mobile web accessible to all people around the world, and his new Web Foundation.  (Some video from the conversation is here.) It was wonderful to see that Tim understands the importance of mobiles in the next generation of the ‘web’ when the majority of the world is already accessing the web through their mobile screens.


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