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Saving Lives with Better Communications

I’m on my way to San Diego to participate in Strong Angel III:

week-long demonstration will consist of a series of collaborative technical and non-technical experiments based on both lessons learned in past disasters and on emerging requirements for integrated operations. They are designed to test the interoperability, reliability, and flexibility of proposed social and technical solutions.

Our role (I’m working with some folks from several other organizations) in this demonstration is to create some on-the-fly, bottom-up media. Our theory — and it’s little more than that at this point — is that grassroots journalism, in whatever form it takes, can be a huge help both to authorities, relief agencies and, crucially, citizens themselves in a crisis.

More to come…

1 Comment on “Saving Lives with Better Communications”

  1. #1 Jenn
    on Aug 21st, 2006 at 11:37 am

    I think a lot of what happened post Hurricaine Katrina with bloggers shows this as a perfectly viable communication mode. Not to mention some relief organization going on via Usenet.