Haiyan: If #CommIsAid, We’ve Got a Scope Problem.

The Digital Responder

“…the effective, timely deployment of telecommunication resources and that rapid, efficient, accurate and truthful information flows are essential to reducing loss of life, human suffering and damage to property and the environment caused by disasters” – The Tampere Convention

As I write this, I’ve recently just returned from the Philippines where I and many of my colleagues were deployed to assist humanitarian relief operations by deploying various forms of communications.  Our team and many others from around the world were in pretty harsh post-disaster environments, and setting up the necessary communications that are required for any effective, modern disaster relief operation.  The Haitian earthquake of 2010 was the first really good example of a “data driven” (rather than “radio driven”) communications response.  And the need for more internet connectivity in the aftermath of a disaster has only gotten stronger since then.   After a major disaster, it’s not uncommon to…

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