Tag: earthquake

by Emily Wright

Low vacancy, so many homeless people, beautiful old buildings, shuttle buses to Silicon Valley … and warning, I’m going to talk about earthquakes. If it gets scary, stick with me: There’s good news at the end, ways to better understand the specific risks facing San Francisco, and some easy places to start. Let’s Talk Numbers [...] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

A simple text message can have a big impact. Mobile giving makes it easy to donate almost instantaneously after disaster strikes — users authorize a mobile donation by texting a keyword to a specific short code, and the donation is then billed to the donor’s mobile phone bill, eventually ending up with the nonprofit of [...] more »

by Dan Schultz

The March 11 earthquake in Japan triggered a flurry of concern in the Media Lab community at MIT. The natural desire to help was amplified by the fact that the disaster had hit many of our friends close to home in a very literal sense. Most messages suggested donations to support relief organizations — a [...] more »

by Christopher Csikszentmihályi

The information activist community has been rushing to respond to the Haitian earthquake. What I find remarkable is the capacity that has been built up in the last few years; from software standards, like the pfif standard generated after Katrina, to early systems like the Ushahidi engine designed during the Kenyan election violence, to larger [...] more »

by Daniel X. O'Neil

Huang Qi, the Chinese dissident who had been working to uncover information about school buildings that collapsed during the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan, China, was formally arrested last week for illegally possessing state secrets. He had been in detention for weeks. Huang had already served five years in prison on charges of inciting subversion [...] more »