Marta Poblet and Pompeu Casanovas
Web 2.0 tools and mobile technologies have lowered the barriers not just for people to access the internet but to create and share content. Through open-source, collaborative programs such as wikis, the creation and distribution of information has effectively been crowdsourced.
But can this democratisation of the production of information and the expansion of networked global communities lead to action in solving real-world problems?
As inventor Vinay Gupta of Hexayurt sharply puts it: “Ten years from now there will be 2 billion people with broadband internet access, but no toilet.”
Access to technology is only ever one side of the problem. The other is how people bridge the gap between the creation and sharing of knowledge and action based on that information. Crowdsourced crisis mapping represents a significant step upon this path.
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