Did you know that it only costs $0.50 to feed a child for a whole day? The World Food Programme is making this fact known far and wide through its new mobile app, ShareTheMeal, which is now available for Apple and Android users. It has already been dubbed as “the world’s first app against global hunger.”
There’s a new app in India that’s keeping women safe. Using online and mobile technology, Safecity is collecting data, pinpointing problems and coming up with solutions to tackle violence against women in cities across the country.
Machu Picchu is at referred.grilled.folktales. Angkor Wat is at perfumed.deferring.hotspots. Notre-Dame Cathedral is at rashers.twice.balanced. Every place on earth now has an easily communicable address, from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the rural regions of Burkina Faso to North America’s expansive national parks.
This weeks review looks at the work of Joel Selanikio. In 2002 Selanikio partnered with his friend and colleague Rose Donna and began to develop a new program called EpiSurveyor — now called Magpi — with a goal of becoming the “first do-it-yourself system for mobile electronic data collection that didn’t require any technical expertise at all.”
According to a recent study by the CATO Institute, cell phones can be used to document land ownership through a form of consensus community mapping that, if strong enough, could serve as proof weighty enough to force governments to formally and legally recognize the property rights of millions of displaced persons in the Global South.
Biomedical engineers at Columbia University, led by Dr. Samuel K. Sia, have developed an innovative accessory that can be attached to smartphones for rapid HIV and syphilis testing. This device, called a dongle, can detect and diagnose these two sexually-transmitted diseases in only 15 minutes.
Keeping up with the rapidly changing conflict in Ukraine can be difficult. International agencies and citizen journalists alike are exploring the potential uses of crisis mapping platforms to track infrastructure damage, monitor incidents and navigate the conflict zone. However, when using these tools it is important to think critically about what information they are based on and why.
REFUNITE is a technology-based non-profit working internationally to reconnect refugees and forcibly displaced people with their missing loved ones. Developed by David and Christopher Mikkelsen in partnership with Ericsson, a provider of telecommunications equipment and services, the platform is accessible through the web, a toll-free number, or through texting or USSD on even the most basic cell phones.
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.