Increasingly, field experiences will provide access and followup using mobile technologies. To get a glimpse of the stuff that is already out there read As Smartphones Get Smarter, You May Get Healthier: How mHealth Can Bring Cheaper Health Care To All at Fast Company.
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Neal Ungerleider’s “The Palestinian Conflict, Settled on Your iPhone,” talks about a new iPhone app called Facts on the Ground. It was developed by Americans for Peace Now, a group advocating a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The app uses Google Maps to track West Bank settlement activity. The piece discusses the app itself as well as politically oriented apps in general.
If you like stories about people doing the seemingly impossible, you will be interested in another great example of the Web being able to find needles in haystacks. In “Refugees United, The Social Network That’s More Important Than Facebook Goes Mobile,” Alice Korngold writes about Refugees United, an NGO that uses secure web and mobile technology to enable refugees to find loved ones throughout the world. Inspiring.