Digital Development Debates Issue #17
March 1, 2016
Humans in remote areas or sensitive situations often find themselves detached from the flow of information – Freedom Fone is a software to tackle this.
Wherever information is not accessible – whether due to a repressive government, a lack of infrastructure, or time constraints in the aftermath of an epidemic – people are often left uninformed. This prevents them from using crucial information to take part in both political and life-saving information processes. Lacking an information and communication infrastructure (ICT), such as radio or Internet, people in remote areas find themselves unable to transmit crucial information back to a specific receiver in emergency situations. A villager trying to communicate symptoms of a cholera outbreak in remote Sri Lanka, for example, may be unable to reach an international health NGO.