Drone U: Using Drones to Save Lives in Humanitarian Crises

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March 19 2014 12:44 PM

Drone U: Using Drones to Save Lives in Humanitarian Crises

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The aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, Philippines

Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

This week, Drone U features a podcast from Celina Agaton, the Google-USAID fellow for the International Conference on Crisis Mapping. Agaton looks at ways that drones can supplement traditional geographic information systems to help save lives in humanitarian crises.

After Typhoon Yolanda, Agaton has been creating a network of drone volunteers in the Philippines to quickly map areas for damage assessment and rehabilitation projects. She is also working on a first-of-its-kind system to use drones to verify aid reports.

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Could emerging economies end up teaching countries like the United States how to best apply drone technology to solve real world challenges?

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

Timothy Reuter is co-creator of Drone U and the founder of the D.C. Area Drone User Group. He also works on issues of international development.

Nabiha Syed is a media lawyer in New York and a visiting fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project.  She is the co-founder of DroneU.

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