In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, chaos ensues. Communications infrastructure is often badly damaged or destroyed, complicating the frantic search to account for loved ones. Without knowing where a person is or how to reach them, they’re no longer just a phone call away. Google Person Finder can be a lifeline during such situations. It helps speed up the search by acting as a forum for people affected by a disaster to provide details on missing persons.
Part 3 of the humanitarianism and technology series focuses on crisis mapping. MicroMappers uses digital humanitarian volunteers – or Digital Jedis – to help it parse through Big Data in times of crisis and create a better picture of what’s taking place on the ground.
Yesterday, we published the first part in our series on technology and humanitarianism, outlining the use of mobile technology in the organization Text to Change. This article is part two of the series on cellphones being used in development work.
In part one of our series on technology in humanitarian work, we profile two organizations that use cellphone technology to communicate aid initiatives, education programs, research surveys and more. Today, learn how Text to Change (TTC) is changing lives.