Information and Communication Technology Usage in the 2010 Pakistan Floods
NetHope Case Study: Information and Communication Technology Usage in 2010 Pakistan Floods, Published September 2011
In late summer 2010, the world watched as the people and lands of Pakistan were deluged by monsoon rainfall that triggered widespread flooding. These floods affected more than 20 million people, many of whom could be reached only by aircraft. Flood waters inundated and destroyed much of Pakistan’s vast wheat crop – the nation’s largest homegrown food source — creating a food crisis across Pakistan. Much of this you already know. What you may not know, but certainly can imagine, is the critical role information and communications technology (ICT) played in expediting aid to those in need. …
Tags: Asia, Crisis Response, CrisisCamp, Earth Sciences, Flood, ICT, Information and communications technology, Natural Disasters and Hazards, NetHope, Pakistan, Participatory Sensing, Social Media, Volunteered Technologies
Lea Shanley is the Founder and former Director of the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is currently serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA and GSA's 18F innovation team on crowdsourcing and citizen science.
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