Using IT For Good

by Tom Bridge

Related link: https://ecs.wal-mart.com/CrisisComm/



With everything going downhill in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, many of us techies have looked on in distraught humility, wishing there was something, anything, we could do to help. The techies at Wal-Mart decided that their logistics system could be used as a message board for those who are missing people, and as a centralized way to check people in after the disaster.

It's all very simple, but the messages are helping families get closer in this major catastrophe. Of course, with no electricity and sparse phone service, not to mention we're well past the useful length of any batteries, it's not clear who will be able to check in...

What do you make of all this?