Tracking the damage with cell phones

For the computer geeks among us:

A nonprofit called The Louisiana Bucket Brigade has created an online “crisis-map” that is crowdsourcing reports from victims of the Gulf Coast oil spill. The group is using social media — including mobile video, email, and text-messaging — to aggregate health, job, and water quality reports from people living in the coastal crisis zone. Organizers are then plotting these reports on their Web-based Oil Spill Crisis Map in near real-time to track the spread of environmental damage.

For the full story, see Nonprofit Uses Social Media to Track Oil Spill Fallout.


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