To stay on topic with Disaster Preparedness Month, the Digital Culture crew bring on an innovator in the telecommunications realm. Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen is trying to bridge the communication gap in disaster zones with Project Serval: when cell-phone towers and local networks tend to fail in the absence of infrastructure. His revolutionary technology puts the power in the hands of every smartphone user. Listen to learn more!
Eventually, (we) realized that everything that the people needed they already had. They had their mobile phones in their pocket. They were actually able to communicate with one another, but nobody had gotten around to writing the software to do it...we're writing software that allows mobiles to communicate directly with one another.