you watched the news today then chances are you saw the horrific
explosions that occurred in Boston. There were several deaths and many
wounded in what many think is the latest terror attack against the
country. However, while many were riveted in front of their TV screens,
Twitter clients or web browsers, many other individuals, companies and
organizations used technology to reach out and try to make a difference
in these hard times.
authorities quickly took control of the Boston communication
infrastructure after the blasts, turning cellphones off. Many roads were
closed, and public transport systems were disrupted. As such, there
were many worried people across the country. In a gesture of generosity,
one particular site called Twilio started offering ways for people without cell service to call their families for free. Meanwhile, Google opened up its People Finder
site for those trying to find relatives or loved ones in Boston. This
is a bulletin board system where people can post about folks that they
know about, or that they are trying to reach. Finally, the authorities
also used technology in the wake of the disaster, with both the FBI and Boston Police using Twitter to ask for help from the community in finding any video or evidence that could help their investigation.
such tragedies, the human factor is the most immediate concern. But
there are many innovators and entrepreneurs out there that plan for the
worse, and when things like this happen, they are ready to use
technology in order to help out, by providing quick and useful services
for those who may be in need. While the first respondents receive most
of the media attention, those who plan ahead and provide such useful
systems must also be celebrated.