Tech Lends a Hand in Haiti

As reports of the devastation and death toll in Haiti continue to rise, some tech companies are rolling out efforts to help. While the earthquake destroyed even the most basic infrastructure in some parts of the country, there are places where Internet is available–and, of course, it has also turned into a tool for raising money and awareness elsewhere around the world.

Here are a few of the efforts.

  • A Web site called Haitian Earthquake Registry allows people to register and look for missing friends and relatives. (Similar “human search engine” efforts developed after the 2008 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province.)
  • Companies including Intel (INTC), Cisco (CSCO) and Microsoft (MSFT) help support NetHope, an organization that works with 17 different relief groups to do things like set up the basic communications between agencies, and help coordinate reports and contact lists.

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