Cellphone apps for citizen reporters, activists

By Anne Collier

More and more little mobile applications are expanding awareness of causes and enabling activists to support them. For example, the SpillMap app for Android phones allows people around the Gulf of Mexico to capture photos and video of oil-spill damage as they see it, then send the imagery, along with time and location info to SpillMap.org for a growing record of the spill’s impact, Forbes.com reports. The app “has been downloaded 52,000 times and recorded 3,400 posts,” and “Gulf-area nonprofits, including the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, are incorporating the information into their maps and databases,” Forbes adds. Orther apps help match volunteers and projects and raise money (see “Haiti: Texting, social Web connecting survivors with help” and “Haiti mobile relief update”).

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