Public access ICT in disaster management

It is becoming clear through recent research that public access ICT venues can play an important role in various crisis situations. As a contribution to the growing field of crisis informatics, we are pleased to announce our partnership with a related research study, The Role of Public Internet Access Venues in Disaster Management and Prevention: The Case of the 2010 Earthquake in Chile.

Supported by the University of Washington Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) through grants from Microsoft Community Affairs, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and a grant to IDRC from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this research is being conducted by TASCHA researcher Maria Garrido, Information School PhD student Beth Patin, and Angelica Celedón and Andrea Pequeno, both of Asociación de Telecentros Activos de Chile (ATACH).

Exploring the experiences of public access ICT venues in Chile after the 2010 earthquake, this study aims to identify findings that could help in other settings.

For a full description of this research study, please visit the TASCHA website.