Creating Technology for Social Change

Civic Maps During the Haitian Earthquake

As we get closer to the final project, I will narrow down the subject matter of my videos. One of my favorite episodes was the one about Google crisis maps. I really enjoyed the class discussion we had about civic maps, and writing up the case study for the Civic maps toolkit was also enjoyable. I believe that crowd sourcing to create civic maps is not only really cool, but also carries the potential to save lives during emergencies. Google is aware of the potential too in their creation of the Hurricane Sandy crisis map. Although there are still issues with our utilization of crisis maps, we can work out those kinks to create a valuable new tool in disaster response.