In the wake of the Mumbai bomb blasts, as police and emergency personnel tried to take stock of the situation, some tech savvy Indians quickly resorted to technology to coordinate disaster response.
In addition to international aid agencies rushing to raise funds for Japan’s disaster response, many big brands too have jumped in to raise millions. Read how the brands involved are raising funds and what’s happening with the money being raised.
In the wake of a series of disasters in Japan – earthquake, tsunami and the resulting nuclear emergency, over hundreds of Nonprofits have stepped forward to set-up fundraising appeals and mobilize financial donations for Japan’s relief and rehabilitation. This article is to help you understand the current state of relief efforts and the nonprofit response so far.
Zynga is giving its 250 million players a chance to help towards earthquake relief efforts in Japan. through limited edition virtual goods in FarmVille, CityVille and other Zynga games. 100% of purchases are being donated to Save The Children who are supporting relief efforts for children affected by the Japan earthquake.
What if you had the power to collect opinions and data from people to achieve social good? How would you use it? In this article, we explore use cases of the Ushahidi platform, in the context of achieving social good. What is Ushahidi? Ushahidi is an open-source technology platform that can be deployed within hours. It was born as a result of the post-election riots in Kenya in December 2007 The platform collects information (opinions or data) via SMS, Web, or Email from people who are on the ground and able to witness events as they unfold. Ushahidi processes this data in near real-time to produce a map of events around the globe. Algorithms ensure that information presented is based on accuracy and authority, as opposed to popularity. (See SwiftRiver) Since its origins, the Ushahidi platform has been used to crowdsource events of interest by various organizations globally. For example, it was used by Al-Jazeera to monitor violence in Gaza, and by Vote Report India to monitor code of conduct violations during the 2009 General …