Friday, May 03, 2013

Ten Commandments for using SMS in natural disasters

Ten Commandments for using SMS in natural disasters: Three years later, he’s almost got one. Meier now works for the non-profit Qatar Foundation. Teaming up with GSMA Disaster Response, an industry group for global mobile operators, and SMS social enterprise Souktel, the foundation has published Towards a Code of Conduct: Guidelines for the Use of SMS in Natural Disasters.

The document contains common-sense recommendations of use to aid agencies, technologists, crisis mappers, media development organisations – and anybody else interested in using SMS communications in a crisis.

I’ve taken the liberty of distilling the guidelines down to “Ten Commandments” that seem most pertinent in light of the Haiti experience and subsequent disasters:

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