Sunday, January 24, 2010

Charity 2.0

The January 12 earthquake and humanitarian disaster in Haiti had an important technological component: Through the text message (SMS) giving program, the Red Cross raised $26 million in funds in just nine days. That's not just a large amount of money to be raised in a short time, it's an unprecedented level of participation. Was this a one-time outpouring of goodwill, or the beginning of a trend in global humanitarianism made possible by technology?

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