The Role of Facebook in Disaster Response
I've been thinking about this topic with a number of other colleagues for
a while. I'm also very interested to hear any ideas and suggestions that
iRevolution readers may have on this.
There's no doubt that Facebook canand already doesplay an important role
in disaster response. In Haiti, my colleague Rob Munro used Facebook to
recruit hundreds of Creole speaking volunteers to translate tens of
thousands of text messages into English as part of Mission 4636. When an
earthquake struck New Zealand earlier this year, thousands of students
organized their response via a Facebook group and also used the platform's
check-in's feature to alert others in their social network that they were
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