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New USAT column: “Mobile communications improve disaster relief”

Mobile communications improve disaster relief

Natural disasters are on the rise. Reported incidents have more than doubled since 1980, and in 2010 alone, the combined impact of earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and other calamities forced 42 million people to flee their homes.

Thankfully, advances in mobile communications have spread to all corners of the globe, providing the victims of disasters much easier contact with relief workers, and each other.

“Mobile technologies can be used for all aspects of disaster relief operations,” says Lalana Kagal, a research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Read more at USA Today…

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