How Google can Help during Times of Crisis

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.

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Ballooning Internet Access in Remote Regions of Brazil

An estimated 50 percent of Brazilians lack internet access, a figure that is disproportionally higher in hard-to-reach, rural areas that are not covered by fiber-optic cable networks. In response, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is working to bring connectivity to isolated communities through internet-transmitting balloons. These balloons, equipped with radio transceivers, would be anchored in strategic locations including …

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